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A regional term for marijuana cigarette

straw

1. mature, dry foliage of a cereal crop after the grain has been harvested by a header or by threshing. Has very low digestibility, energy and protein content. Used principally as bedding but in some economies is used as feed. Causes impaction of the rumen in cattle and ileocecal valve in horses. Is more digestible if chopped and fed with a protein supplement or urea. If left standing in the field is referred to as stubble. When fed in this way there is a variable amount of spilt grain available also.
2. a hollow, plastic tube used for the storage of frozen semen. See also french straws.

straw eating
a vice in stabled horses which may require muzzling to avoid the occurrence of impaction colic.
References in classic literature ?
Here I got some straw, and covering myself with my own clothes, slept very sound.
Porthos, however, found that he had no straw left for himself.
But the strong-willed old beldam scowled, and beckoned, and flung the energy of her purpose so forcibly at this poor combination of rotten wood, and musty straw, and ragged garments, that it was compelled to show itself a man, in spite of the reality of things.
He smelled around the stuffed man as if he suspected there might be a nest of rats in the straw, and he often growled in an unfriendly way at the Scarecrow.
He rose to his feet, flung aside the straw pallet upon the street urchins, and fled.
The seniors tried to collect straw and potatoes and, in general, food for the men.
I should think that after the straw was taken out of you there wouldn't be anything left but your clothes.
I may say it is even more stylish, not to say aristocratic, than straw," said the Scarecrow politely.
I'm leaving over there," he said abruptly, waving his straw in the direction of the neighboring house.
said Nikita, pressing down into the sledge the freshly threshed oat straw the cook's husband had brought.
It was filled with wheat straw nearly to the roof and it was an awful distance from us to the floor.
I some-times wish," said Tiktok, "that I was stuffed with straw, as you are.