quaking grass
Rattlesnake Rat"tle*snake` (r[a^]t"t'l*sn[=a]k`), n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of venomous American snakes belonging to the genera {Crotalus} and {Caudisona}, or {Sistrurus}; sometimes also called {rattler}. They have a series of horny interlocking joints at the end of the tail which make a sharp rattling sound when shaken. The common rattlesnake of the Northern United States ({Crotalus horridus}), and the {diamondback rattlesnake} (also called {diamondback rattler}, and {diamondback}) of the South and East ({Crotalus adamanteus}) and West ({Crotalus atrox}), are the best known. See Illust. of {Fang}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Ground rattlesnake} (Zo["o]l.), a small rattlesnake ({Caudisona miliaria} or {Sistrurus miliaria}) of the Southern United States, having a small rattle. It has nine large scales on its head.

{Rattlesnake fern} (Bot.), a common American fern ({Botrychium Virginianum}) having a triangular decompound frond and a long-stalked panicle of spore cases rising from the middle of the frond.

{Rattlesnake grass} (Bot.), a handsome American grass ({Glyceria Canadensis}) with an ample panicle of rather large ovate spikelets, each one composed of imbricated parts and slightly resembling the rattle of the rattlesnake. Sometimes called {quaking grass}.

{Rattlesnake plantain} (Bot.), See under {Plantain}.

{Rattlesnake root} (Bot.), a name given to certain American species of the composite genus {Prenanthes} ({Prenanthes alba} and {Prenanthes serpentaria}), formerly asserted to cure the bite of the rattlesnake. Called also {lion's foot}, {gall of the earth}, and {white lettuce}.

{Rattlesnake's master} (Bot.) (a) A species of Agave ({Agave Virginica}) growing in the Southern United States. (b) An umbelliferous plant ({Eryngium yucc[ae]folium}) with large bristly-fringed linear leaves. (c) A composite plant, the blazing star ({Liatris squarrosa}).

{Rattlesnake weed} (Bot.), a plant of the composite genus {Hieracium} ({Hieracium venosum}); -- probably so named from its spotted leaves. See also {Snakeroot}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Quaking grass — Quaking Quak ing, a. & n. from {Quake}, v. [1913 Webster] {Quaking aspen} (Bot.), an American species of poplar ({Populus tremuloides}), the leaves of which tremble in the lightest breeze. It much resembles the European aspen. See {Aspen}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quaking grass — n. any of a genus (Briza) of annual or perennial grasses having delicate spikelets on very thin stalks that tremble in the lightest breeze …   English World dictionary

  • quaking grass — kiškio ašarėlė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, pašarinis augalas (Briza media), paplitęs Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Briza media angl. perennial quaking grass; quaking grass; totter grass šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • quaking grass — ašarėlės statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Šeima. Migliniai – Poaceae (R. Br.) Barnhart atitikmenys: lot. Briza angl. quaking grass; trembling grass vok. Zittergras rus. бриза; дражалка; трясунка lenk. drżączka ryšiai: žiūrėk – ašarėlė …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • quaking grass — /ˈkweɪkɪŋ gras/ (say kwayking grahs) noun any grass of the genus Briza, characterised as being erect annuals or perennials with slender, spreading inflorescences which are readily shaken by the wind, as shell grass …   Australian English dictionary

  • quaking-grass — quāˈking grass noun A moorland grass of the genus Briza, with pendulous, panicled, tremulous spikelets • • • Main Entry: ↑quake …   Useful english dictionary

  • quaking grass — any of several grasses of the genus Briza, having spikelets with slender, drooping stalks. [1590 1600] * * * ▪ plant       any of about 20 species of slender annual or perennial grasses making up the genus Briza (family Poaceae), named for the… …   Universalium

  • quaking grass — noun a grass with oval or heart shaped flower heads which tremble in the wind. [Genus Briza.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • quaking grass — noun 1. : any of several grasses of the genus Briza having slender stalked and pendulous ovate spikelets that quake and rattle in the wind 2. : rattlesnake grass …   Useful english dictionary

  • common quaking grass — kiškio ašarėlės statusas T sritis vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Briza media angl. common quaking grass; cowquake; doddering dillies; intermediate quaking grass; perennial quaking grass; trembling grass vok. Flittergras; gemeines Zittergras;… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

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