What is grass?

  • (noun): Narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay.
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Grasses, or more technically graminoids, are monocotyledonous, usually herbaceous plants with narrow leaves growing from the base. They include the "true grasses", of the Poaceae (or Gramineae) family, as well as the sedges (Cyperaceae) and the rushes (Juncaceae). The true grasses include cereals, bamboo and the grasses of lawns (turf) and grassland. Sedges include many wild marsh and grassland plants, and some cultivated ones such as water chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis) and papyrus sedge (Cyperus papyrus). Uses for graminoids include food (as grain, sprouted grain, shoots or rhizomes), drink (beer, whisky, vodka), pasture for livestock, thatch, paper, fuel, clothing, insulation, construction, sports turf, basket weaving and many others.

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Echinochloa Crus-galli
... Echinochloa crus-galli is a type of wild grass originating from tropical Asia that was formerly classified as a type of panicum grass ... It is commonly known as Cockspur (or Cockspur Grass), Common Barnyard Grass, or simply "barnyard grass" (which may refer to any species of Echinochloa or the genus as ...
Plains Pocket Mouse
... Some food found in their cheek pouches are seeds of needle grass (Stipa), bind weed, sandbur grass, a small bean (probably Astragulus), and sedge (Cyperus) ... Seeds of two species of pigeon grass, a few other grasses, and wild buckwheat have been found in their burrows ...
Weapons Of Grass Destruction
... Weapons of Grass Destruction is the sixth full length album by American band Hayseed Dixie, released in 2007 ... name continues the band's practice of adding the word grass to common phrases, in this case, weapons of mass destruction ...
Grass - Gallery
... A sea of neatly cut grass surrounds the bunkers at Filton Golf Club, Bristol Tall grass growing wild at Lyme Park In some places, even small areas of grass are valuable ... These steps were built to access grass for animal feed ...
... Brachyelytrum is a small grass genus that occurs in eastern North America and eastern Asia ... It is one of several grass species that displays this classic floristic disjunction pattern ... Recent molecular phylogenetic study has indicated that, within the grass family (Poaceae) Brachyleytrum is the sister-group of the subfamily Pooideae (the cool season grasses), a lineage ...

More definitions of "grass":

  • (verb): Spread out clothes on the grass to let it dry and bleach.
  • (verb): Shoot down, of birds.
  • (verb): Feed with grass.
  • (verb): Cover with grass.
    Example: "The owners decided to grass their property"

Famous quotes containing the word grass:

    Pigeons on the grass alas.
    Pigeons on the grass alas.
    Short longer grass short longer longer shorter yellow
    grass Pigeons large pigeons on the shorter longer yellow grass
    alas pigeons on the grass.
    Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)

    There they stand, the small ones, like grass and weeds and scrub—innocent in their wretched insignificance. And now I make my furtive way through them and trample down as few as I can—but in doing so disgust consumes my heart.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    How lush and lusty the grass looks! How green!
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)