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 for straw
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Straw \Straw\, v. t.
     To spread or scatter. See Strew, and Strow. --Chaucer.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Straw \Straw\, n. [OE. straw, stre, stree, AS. stre['a]w, from
     the root of E. strew; akin to OFries. str[=e], D. stroo, G.
     stroh, OHG. str[=o], Icel. str[=a], Dan. straa, Sw. str[*a].
     [root]166. See Strew.]
     1. A stalk or stem of certain species of grain, pulse, etc.,
        especially of wheat, rye, oats, barley, more rarely of
        buckwheat, beans, and pease.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The gathered and thrashed stalks of certain species of
        grain, etc.; as, a bundle, or a load, of rye straw.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing;
        a mere trifle.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              I set not a straw by thy dreamings.   --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Straw is often used in the formation of self-explaining
           compounds; as, straw-built, straw-crowned,
           straw-roofed, straw-stuffed, and the like.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Man of straw, an effigy formed by stuffing the garments of
        a man with straw; hence, a fictitious person; an
        irresponsible person; a puppet.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  straw
      adj 1: of a pale yellow color like straw; straw-colored
      n 1: plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as
           fodder
      2: material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of
         stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds [syn:
         chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, straw, stubble]
      3: a variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white
         [syn: pale yellow, straw, wheat]
      4: a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the
         mouth [syn: straw, drinking straw]
      v 1: cover or provide with or as if with straw; "cows were
           strawed to weather the snowstorm"
      2: spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic); "strew toys all
         over the carpet" [syn: strew, straw]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  261 Moby Thesaurus words for "straw":
     a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn, a hoot, adjutage,
     afterglow, afterimage, air, anthrophore, aureate, auric, axis,
     bagatelle, balance, barley, bauble, bean, beige, bestrew, bibelot,
     bird seed, bit, bole, bran, brass farthing, broadcast, bubble,
     buff, buff-yellow, butt, butt end, button, canary, canary-yellow,
     candle ends, cane, carpophore, cat food, catheter, caudex,
     caulicle, caulis, cent, chaff, chicken feed, chip, chop, citron,
     citron-yellow, cobweb, cork, corn, cream, creamy, culm, curio,
     debris, detritus, disseminate, dog food, down, drainpipe, dust,
     eatage, ecru, efflux tube, end, ensilage, ether, fag end, fairy,
     fallow, farce, farthing, feather, feed, fig, filings, fire hose,
     flaxen, fleabite, flue, flue pipe, fluff, foam, fodder, folderol,
     footstalk, forage, fossil, fribble, frippery, froth, funicule,
     funiculus, funnel, fuzz, garden hose, gas pipe, gaud, gewgaw,
     gilded, gilt, gimcrack, gold, gold-colored, golden, gossamer,
     grain, hair, halfpenny, haulm, hay, hill of beans, holdover, hose,
     hosepipe, husks, jest, joke, kickshaw, knickknack, knickknackery,
     leafstalk, leavings, leftovers, lemon, lemon-yellow, luteolous,
     lutescent, mash, meal, minikin, mockery, molehill, mote, nipple,
     oats, ocherish, ocherous, ochery, ochreous, ochroid, ochrous,
     ochry, odds and ends, offscourings, or, organ pipe, orts, parings,
     pasturage, pasture, pedicel, peduncle, peppercorn, pet food,
     petiole, petiolule, petiolus, picayune, pin, pinch of snuff,
     pinprick, pipe, pipeline, pipette, piping, primrose,
     primrose-colored, primrose-yellow, provender, rags, rap, red cent,
     reed, reed pipe, refuse, relics, remainder, remains, remnant,
     residue, residuum, rest, roach, row of pins, rubbish, ruins, rump,
     rush, saffron, saffron-colored, saffron-yellow, sallow,
     sand-colored, sandy, sawdust, scatter, scourings, scraps, scratch,
     scratch feed, seedstalk, shadow, shavings, shit, siamese,
     siamese connection, silage, siphon, slops, snap, sneeshing,
     snorkel, soil pipe, sou, sow, spear, spire, sponge, spume, stalk,
     standpipe, steam pipe, stem, stipe, stock, straw-colored, stubble,
     stump, survival, sweepings, swill, tap, thistledown, tigella, toy,
     trace, trifle, trinket, tube, tubing, tubulation, tubule, tubulet,
     tubulure, tuppence, two cents, twopence, vestige, waste,
     waste pipe, water pipe, wheat, whim-wham, xanthic, xanthous,
     yellow, yellowish
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Straw
     Used in brick-making (Ex. 5:7-18). Used figuratively in Job
     41:27; Isa. 11:7; 25:10; 65:25.
     

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