from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A thin, dried stalk of grass.
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- n. A grass used for making ropes or for plaiting, especially Agrostis Spica-ventis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The old stalk of various grasses, as the tufted hair-grass, Deschampsia (Aira) cæspitosa, the dog's-tail, Cynosurus cristatus, or Apera (Agrostis) Spica-venti.
- n. The whitethroat, Sylvia cinerea: same as jackstraw, 5.
Old English windelstrēaw : windel, basket (from windan, to wind) + strēaw, straw; see straw.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)