n. Chiefly British
A thin, dried stalk of grass.
[Old English windelstrēaw : windel, basket (from windan, to wind) + strēaw, straw; see straw.]
1. (Agriculture) the dried stalk of any of various grasses
2. anything weak or feeble, esp a thin unhealthy person
[Old English windelstrēaw, from windel basket, from windan to wind2 + strēaw straw1]