• WordNet 3.6
    • n tumbleweed bushy plant of western United States
    • n tumbleweed bushy annual weed of central North America having greenish flowers and winged seeds
    • n tumbleweed prickly bushy Eurasian plant; a troublesome weed in central and western United States
    • n tumbleweed any plant that breaks away from its roots in autumn and is driven by the wind as a light rolling mass
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tumbleweed (Bot) Any plant which habitually breaks away from its roots in the autumn, and is driven by the wind, as a light, rolling mass, over the fields and prairies; such as witch grass, wild indigo, Amarantus albus, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tumbleweed A branching plant whose top assumes a globular figure and in autumn is detached and rolled over the plains by the wind, scattering its seed. The name is given to several such plants in the western United States. Species so called are Amarantus albus (compare ghost-plant) and A. blitoides, Psoralea lanceolata (Dakota and Montana), the bug-seed, Corispermum hyssopifolium, and the winged pigweed, Cycloloma platyphylla. Also called rolling-weed.
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In literature:

But the pony was not used to tumbleweed-coursing, and shied off with a startled snort.
"The Voyage of the Rattletrap" by Hayden Carruth
The tumbleweed is a curious vegetable.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
Once it tossed a tumbleweed at the window.
"The Way of the Wind" by Zoe Anderson Norris
The things rolled over and over on themselves, like gigantic tumbleweeds.
"Out Around Rigel" by Robert H. Wilson
The bleached grass waved, the tumbleweeds rolled along the brown ground.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Rollicking tumbleweed did not worry him any more than did the swirling dust-devils.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
The tumbleweed still stirred with every breath of air but everything else was still.
"The Trail of Conflict" by Emilie Baker Loring
The line wavered like tumbleweeds.
"Held for Orders" by Frank H. Spearman
She painstakingly cleared the stony ground of Russian thistles, embryo tumbleweeds, stickers, and rocks.
"Four and Twenty Beds" by Nancy Vogel
I well remember the first tumbleweed we saw.
"Abroad at Home" by Julian Street

In news:

Today, July 10th, the Owensboro Tumbleweed restaurant "Gives Back".
It's Give Back Day at Tumbleweed with proceeds benefiting the Wendell Foster Campus.
Tumbleweeds have gathered along the west and east side of Elder Street in one section, narrowing it down to one lane.
Jay Shafer Taking His Tumbleweed Tiny House to Occupy Wall Street NYC.
Attorney's advice rolls like tumbleweed over city farm land lease.
Tiny houses' growing popularity, Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed on reinventing his life, and the politics of very small homes.
Get Tumbleweed's Recipe For Fresh Guacamole.
Last week, at one of Jaclyn's "Big O" parties, our friends from Tumbleweed, Charlie and Steve, stopped by for some food and fun.
These tumbleweeds , with a little watering, are sinking the deep roots that will help them weather any storm the future may hold.
Tumbleweeds have gathered along the west and east side of Elder Street in one section, narrowing it down to one lane.
Tumbleweed 's Tiny Kit Home.
Tumbleweed Beefs Up Mailgate.
Get Tumbleweed 's Recipe For Fresh Guacamole.
Abandoned toddler found under tumbleweeds.
Law enforcement found an abandoned toddler under four feet of tumbleweeds Saturday.