Pronunciation: free-SONE, noun

Notes: I’ve run across the word, but could not properly define it

Yesterday’s word

The word windrow, as a noun, means

  • a row of raked hay laid to dry in the wind before being baled
  • a row of leaves, dust, snow, or other material swept together

As a verb, it meas “to arrange in a windrow”

First usage

Our word came into English in the early 1500s

Background / Comments

Growing up on a farm, I have seen multiple windrows, but I didn’t know the name for them. It seems clear that the verb came from the noun. Moreover, I assume that the first definition is the original one, and the second definition arose from non-raked-hay materials that looked like a woodrow. The word is just “wind” and “row” put together.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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