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; OE windelstreaw (not attested in ME). See WINDLE, STRAW]

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