windlestraw

win·dle·straw

 (wĭn′dl-strô′)
n. Chiefly British
A thin, dried stalk of grass.

[Old English windelstrēaw : windel, basket (from windan, to wind) + strēaw, straw; see straw.]
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windlestraw

(ˈwɪndəlˌstrɔː)
n
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]
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