Straw is a fiber made from dried plant stalks. Horses love it. People make baskets, hats, bedding, fuel, and much more from straw. But not drinking straws —those are usually plastic.

Many farm animals have sleeping areas lined with straw. This stiff, dry fiber is also added to animal feed, pressed into bricks that can be burned as fuel, and even made into bales that can comprise the walls of a home. Straw is what's left over when the grain and chaff have been removed from cereal plants like wheat. The Old English streaw literally means "that which is scattered or strewn." As a color, straw is light yellowish beige.

Definitions of straw
  1. noun
    plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as fodder
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    type of:
    plant fiber, plant fibre
    fiber derived from plants
  2. noun
    material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
    synonyms: chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, stubble
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    broken husks of the seeds of cereal grains that are separated from the flour by sifting
    type of:
    plant material, plant substance
    material derived from plants
  3. noun
    a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth
    synonyms: drinking straw
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    type of:
    tube, tubing
    conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases
  4. noun
    a variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white
    synonyms: pale yellow, wheat
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    type of:
    yellow, yellowness
    yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons
  5. adjective
    of a pale yellow color like straw; straw-colored
    being or having or characterized by hue
  6. verb
    cover or provide with or as if with straw
    “cows were strawed to weather the snowstorm”
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    type of:
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  7. verb
    spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic)
    synonyms: disseminate, strew
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    cover by strewing
    make a place messy by strewing garbage around
    type of:
    distribute, spread
    distribute or disperse widely
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