windlestraw
noun Etymology: Middle English *windelstraw, from Old English windelstrēaw, from windel- (akin to Middle English windel caulking material) + strēaw straw Date: before 12th century British a dry thin stalk of grass

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  • windlestraw — [win′dəl strô΄] n. [< OE windelstreaw (via Scot dial.) < windel, a bundle (< windan, to WIND1) + streaw, STRAW] Scot. 1. a dried stalk of grass 2. a slender or weak person or thing …   English World dictionary

  • Windlestraw — Windlestrae Win dle*strae , Windlestraw Win dle*straw , n. (Bot.) A grass used for making ropes or for plaiting, esp. {Agrostis Spica ventis}. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Shelley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • windlestraw — /win dl straw , win l /, n. Brit. Dial. 1. a withered stalk of any of various grasses. 2. any of various long stalked species of grass. 3. any tall, thin person. 4. any light or flimsy material or object. Also, esp. Scot., winlestrae. [bef. 1000; …   Universalium

  • windlestraw — win·dle·straw …   English syllables

  • windlestraw — n. archaic an old dry stalk of grass. Etymology: OE windelstreaw grass for plaiting f. windel basket (as WIND(2), LE(1)) + streaw STRAW …   Useful english dictionary

  • Agrostis Spica-ventis — Windlestrae Win dle*strae , Windlestraw Win dle*straw , n. (Bot.) A grass used for making ropes or for plaiting, esp. {Agrostis Spica ventis}. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Shelley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Windlestrae — Win dle*strae , Windlestraw Win dle*straw , n. (Bot.) A grass used for making ropes or for plaiting, esp. {Agrostis Spica ventis}. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Shelley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • winlestrae — /win l stray /, n. Chiefly Scot. windlestraw. * * * …   Universalium

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