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- For the drinking implement, see Straw.
Straw was a stalk of threshed grain, used as bedding and food for animals, for thatching, and for weaving or braiding, into baskets.
Rumpelstiltskin, a fictional character from an ancient Earth fairy tale, could spin straw into gold, and agreed to do so for a young maiden in exchange for her first-born son. (DS9: "If Wishes Were Horses")
When Captain Kathryn Janeway asked a holographic Leonardo da Vinci what he imagined his life would be like if he were a sparrow, he replied that he would make his home in a tree, in the branch of an elm and would hunt insects for food, straw for his nest and in the springtime he would sing for a companion. (VOY: "Concerning Flight")