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Tow heads

Does anyone know where the term cane from? Why tow head?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:20 AM on Sep. 5, 2010 in General Parenting

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    A person with very light (almost white) blond hair, "tow" being flax or hemp fibers. Tow-headed, along with fair(-haired) and flaxen-haired, is a tradional way in the English language to refer to blond hair or lightly-colored hair, having come from its old Germanic roots (which are quite rare).

    Answer by thatgirl70 at 11:28 AM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • Tow is a piece of flax or hemp.

    Answer by SWasson at 11:22 AM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • that is neat to know~

    Answer by surfcitymom at 11:26 AM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • Sorry, copy/pasted from a dictionary, got the ads in too, LOL.

    Answer by thatgirl70 at 11:28 AM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • Yes, i am referring to the naturally bleach blond headed kiddos. Im just wondering where the term came from.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 4:21 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • I didn't know anything about this term until my Son was born. Now I hear it all the time when older people are talking about his hair.

    Answer by hsmominky at 12:12 AM on Sep. 6, 2010