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What is the origin of the word "tow" as in tow-head (a white-blonde hair color)?

Asked by peggylou (1136points) November 12th, 2006
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guildg37's avatar
http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19980706
peggylou's avatar
Thank you so much! We've been questioning people about that word for a week, and no one knew the answer. You win the prize for best answer!
andrew's avatar
I always thought it was "toe-head"
ava's avatar
I always thought it was "toe" as well. Perhaps saying that when someone's hair is so blonde they just look like a giant toe.
figbash's avatar
touw = flax in German. Through the evolution of the word, tow-headed has come to mean "flaxen-haired."

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