noun British Dialect.
a withered stalk of any of various grasses.
any of various long-stalked species of grass.
any tall, thin person.
any light or flimsy material or object.
- windmill grass,
- windom peak,
- window back
Also especially Scot., winlestrae.
Origin of windlestraw
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noun Irish, Scot and English dialect
the dried stalk of any of various grasses
anything weak or feeble, esp a thin unhealthy person
Word Origin for windlestraw
Old English windelstrēaw, from windel basket, from windan to wind ² + strēaw straw 1
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