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tumbleweed

Syllabification: tum·ble·weed
Pronunciation: /ˈtəmbəlˌwēd
 
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Definition of tumbleweed in English:

noun

North American & Australian/New Zealand
A plant of dry regions that breaks off near the ground in late summer and is tumbled about by the wind, thereby dispersing its seeds.
  • Genera Salsola (family Chenopodiaceae) and Amaranthus (family Amaranthaceae)
Example sentences
  • He enters the classroom in a blinding heavenly light, to the accompaniment of whistling winds and rolling tumbleweed that usually accompanies Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western.
  • Even tumbleweed can't go on blowing down dusty streets for ever.
  • Charles half expected to hear at once sharp cracks of sticks and tumbleweed, to which he would coax himself were just tree squirrels, or other creatures.

Words that rhyme with tumbleweed

pondweedduckweed

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