Aristida dichotoma
Poverty Pov"er*ty (p[o^]v"[~e]r*t[y^]), n. [OE. poverte, OF. povert['e], F. pauvret['e], fr. L. paupertas, fr. pauper poor. See {Poor}.] 1. The quality or state of being poor or indigent; want or scarcity of means of subsistence; indigence; need. ``Swathed in numblest poverty.'' --Keble. [1913 Webster]

The drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty. --Prov. xxiii. 21. [1913 Webster]

2. Any deficiency of elements or resources that are needed or desired, or that constitute richness; as, poverty of soil; poverty of the blood; poverty of ideas. [1913 Webster]

{Poverty grass} (Bot.), a name given to several slender grasses (as {Aristida dichotoma}, and {Danthonia spicata}) which often spring up on old and worn-out fields. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Indigence; penury; beggary; need; lack; want; scantiness; sparingness; meagerness; jejuneness.

Usage: {Poverty}, {Indigence}, {Pauperism}. Poverty is a relative term; what is poverty to a monarch, would be competence for a day laborer. Indigence implies extreme distress, and almost absolute destitution. Pauperism denotes entire dependence upon public charity, and, therefore, often a hopeless and degraded state. [1913 Webster]


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  • Aristida dichotoma — ID 6027 Symbol Key ARDI4 Common Name churchmouse threeawn Family Poaceae Category Monocot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Aristida dichotoma var. dichotoma — ID 6031 Symbol Key ARDID Common Name churchmouse threeawn Family Poaceae Category Monocot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Aristida dichotoma var. curtissii — ID 6028 Symbol Key ARDIC Common Name Curtis threeawn Family Poaceae Category Monocot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, KY, MD, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, OK,… …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Aristida dichotoma Michx. var. dichotoma — Symbol ARDID Common Name churchmouse threeawn Botanical Family Poaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Aristida dichotoma Michx. — Symbol ARDI4 Common Name churchmouse threeawn Botanical Family Poaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Aristida dichotoma Michx. var. curtissii A. Gray — Symbol ARDIC Common Name Curtis threeawn Botanical Family Poaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Aristida —   Aristida …   Wikipedia Español

  • Aristida — Género de plantas de la familia de las Poaceas, orden Poales, subclase Liliidae, clase Liliopsida, división Magnoliophyta. ● Aristida adscensionis L. ● Aristida aequiramea Scheele ● Aristida appressa Vasey ● Aristida arizonica Vasey ● Aristida… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Aristida — Aristide (plante) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Aristide …   Wikipédia en Français

  • dichotoma —   , dichotomum, dichotomus   L. with divisions in pairs.   1) Inflorescence branching dichotomously. Curtopogon dichotomus, Cutandia dichotoma, Panicum dichotomum, Pennisetum dichotomum   2) culms branching dichotomously. Aristida dichotoma …   Etymological dictionary of grasses

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