Straw is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, straw-built, straw-crowned, straw-roofed, straw-stuffed, and the like. Man of straw, an effigy formed by stuffing the garments of a man with straw; hence, a fictitious person; an irresponsible person; a puppet. Straw bail, worthless bail, as being given by irresponsible persons. Straw bid, a worthless bid; a bid for a contract which the bidder is unable or unwilling to fulfill.
(Science: zoology) Straw cat, the pampas cat. Straw colour, the colour of dry straw, being a delicate yellow. Straw drain, a drain filled with straw. Straw plait, or Straw plat, a strip formed by plaiting straws, used for making hats, bonnets, etc. To be in the straw, to be brought to bed, as a pregnant woman.
Origin: OE. Straw, stre, stree, AS. Streaw, from the root of E. Strew; akin to OFries. Stre, D. Stroo, G. Stroh, OHG. Stro, Icel. Stra, Dan. Straa, Sw. Stra. 166. See Strew.