[ win-dl-straw, win-l- ]
/ ˈwɪn dlˌstrɔ, ˈwɪn l- /
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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.
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Also especially Scot., winlestrae.
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How to use windlestraw in a sentence
But before I found them I encountered a windlestraw which showed which way blew the wind and gave promise of a very gale.The Jacket (The Star-Rover)|Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for windlestraw
/ (ˈwɪndəlˌstrɔː) /
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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