Tumbleweeds

tumbleweed

[tuhm-buhl-weed]
noun
any of various plants, as Amaranthus albus, A. graecizans, or the Russian thistle, Salsola kali, whose branching upper parts become detached from the roots and are driven about by the wind.

Origin:
1885–90, Americanism; tumble + weed1

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tumbleweed (ˈtʌmbəlˌwiːd)
 
n
any densely branched plant that breaks off near the ground on withering and is rolled about by the wind, esp one of several amaranths of the western US and Australia

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