[ tuhm-buh l-weed ]
/ ˈtʌm bəlˌwid /


any of various plants, as Amaranthus albus, A. graecizans, or the Russian thistle, Salsola kali, whose branching upper parts become detached from the roots and are driven about by the wind.

Origin of tumbleweed

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; tumble + weed1
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British Dictionary definitions for tumbleweed


/ (ˈtʌmbəlˌwiːd) /


any densely branched plant that breaks off near the ground on withering and is rolled about by the wind, esp one of several amaranths of the western US and Australia
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Word Origin and History for tumbleweed



also tumble-weed, 1887, from tumble (v.) + weed (n.).

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