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

n plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as fodder

Type of:
plant fiber, plant fibre
fiber derived from plants

n material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds

chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, stubble
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

n a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth

drinking straw
Type of:
tube, tubing
conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases

n a variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white

pale yellow, wheat
Type of:
yellow, yellowness
yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons

adj of a pale yellow color like straw; straw-colored

being or having or characterized by hue

v cover or provide with or as if with straw

“cows were strawed to weather the snowstorm”
Type of:
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

v spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic)

cover by strewing
make a place messy by strewing garbage around
Type of:
distribute, spread
distribute or disperse widely

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