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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Stalks of threshed grain, used as bedding and food for animals, for thatching, and for weaving or braiding, as into baskets.
  • n. A single stalk of threshed grain.
  • n. Something, such as a hat or basket, made of straw.
  • n. A slender tube used for sucking up a liquid.
  • n. Something of minimal value or importance.
  • n. Something with too little substance to provide support in a crisis: Near the end we were grasping at straws.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or made of straw: a straw mat.
  • adj. Containing or used for straw, as a barn or feeding trough.
  • adj. Of the color of straw; yellowish.
  • adj. Having little or no value or substance; unimportant.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or constituting a straw man.
  • idiom final The final annoyance or setback, which even though minor makes one lose patience.
  • idiom straw in the wind A slight hint of something to come.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dried stalk of a cereal plant.
  • n. Such dried stalks considered collectively.
  • n. A drinking straw.
  • n. a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw.
  • adj. Made of straw.
  • adj. Of a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stalk or stem of certain species of grain, pulse, etc., especially of wheat, rye, oats, barley, more rarely of buckwheat, beans, and pease.
  • n. The gathered and thrashed stalks of certain species of grain, etc..
  • n. Anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing; a mere trifle.
  • transitive v. To spread or scatter. See strew, and strow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The stalk or stem of certain species of grain, pulse, etc., chiefly of wheat, rye, oats, barley, buckwheat, and pease, cut or broken off (and usually dry); also, a piece of such a stem.
  • n. Such stalks collectively, especially after drying and threshing: as, a load of straw. In this sense a collective without plural.
  • n. Figuratively, anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing.
  • n. A slight fact, taken as an instance in proof of a tendency.
  • n. A clay pipe, especially a long one.
  • n. Same as straw-needle.
  • n. In entomology, a stick-insect; a walking-stick.
  • Made or composed of straw: as, a straw hat.
  • Sham; fictitious; useless: as, a straw bid. Compare straw bail, under bail, 5.
  • To furnish or bind with straw; apply straw to.
  • An obsolete or dialectal form of strew.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth
  • v. cover or provide with or as if with straw
  • n. material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
  • n. plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as fodder
  • n. a variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white
  • adj. of a pale yellow color like straw; straw-colored
  • v. spread by scattering (

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English strēaw; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English strēaw, from Proto-Germanic *strawan ‘that which is strewn’. Cognate with Dutch stro, German Stroh, Swedish strå, Albanian strohë ("kennel"). (Wiktionary)

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