soft grass
Velvet Vel"vet, n. [OE. velouette, veluet, velwet; cf. OF. velluau, LL. velluetum, vellutum, It. velluto, Sp. velludo; all fr. (assumed) LL. villutus shaggy, fr L. villus shaggy hair; akin to vellus a fleece, and E. wool. See {Wool}, and cf. {Villous}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A silk fabric, having a short, close nap of erect threads. Inferior qualities are made with a silk pile on a cotton or linen back. [1913 Webster]

2. The soft and highly vascular deciduous skin which envelops and nourishes the antlers of deer during their rapid growth. [1913 Webster]

{Cotton velvet}, an imitation of velvet, made of cotton.

{Velvet cork}, the best kind of cork bark, supple, elastic, and not woody or porous.

{Velvet crab} a European crab ({Portunus puber}). When adult the black carapace is covered with a velvety pile. Called also {lady crab}, and {velvet fiddler}.

{Velvet dock} (Bot.), the common mullein.

{Velvet duck}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A large European sea duck, or scoter ({Oidemia fusca}). The adult male is glossy, velvety black, with a white speculum on each wing, and a white patch behind each eye. (b) The American whitewinged scoter. See {Scoter}.

{Velvet flower} (Bot.), love-lies-bleeding. See under {Love}.

{Velvet grass} (Bot.), a tall grass ({Holcus lanatus}) with velvety stem and leaves; -- called also {soft grass}.

{Velvet runner} (Zo["o]l.), the water rail; -- so called from its quiet, stealthy manner of running. [Prov. Eng.]

{Velvet scoter}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Velvet duck}, above.

{Velvet sponge}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Sponge}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Soft grass — Soft Soft (s[o^]ft; 115), a. [Compar. {Softer} (s[o^]ft [ e]r); superl. {Softest}.] [OE. softe, AS. s[=o]fte, properly adv. of s[=e]fte, adj.; akin to OS. s[=a]fto, adv., D. zacht, OHG. samfto, adv., semfti, adj., G. sanft, LG. sacht; of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soft-grass — softˈ grass noun A worthless grass (Holcus mollis or other species) similar to oats • • • Main Entry: ↑soft …   Useful english dictionary

  • soft grass — noun : any of various grasses of the genus Holcus; especially : velvet grass …   Useful english dictionary

  • Soft Grass Mouse — Taxobox name = Soft Grass Mouse status = LR/lc | status system = IUCN2.3 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Rodentia familia = Cricetidae genus = Akodon species = A. mollis binomial = Akodon mollis binomial authority =… …   Wikipedia

  • Creeping Soft Grass — Holcus mollis Habitus Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae …   Wikipedia

  • creeping soft grass — noun European perennial grass with soft velvety foliage • Syn: ↑Holcus mollis • Hypernyms: ↑grass …   Useful english dictionary

  • meadow soft grass — noun : velvet grass …   Useful english dictionary

  • Soft — (s[o^]ft; 115), a. [Compar. {Softer} (s[o^]ft [ e]r); superl. {Softest}.] [OE. softe, AS. s[=o]fte, properly adv. of s[=e]fte, adj.; akin to OS. s[=a]fto, adv., D. zacht, OHG. samfto, adv., semfti, adj., G. sanft, LG. sacht; of uncertain origin.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Soft clam — Soft Soft (s[o^]ft; 115), a. [Compar. {Softer} (s[o^]ft [ e]r); superl. {Softest}.] [OE. softe, AS. s[=o]fte, properly adv. of s[=e]fte, adj.; akin to OS. s[=a]fto, adv., D. zacht, OHG. samfto, adv., semfti, adj., G. sanft, LG. sacht; of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Soft coal — Soft Soft (s[o^]ft; 115), a. [Compar. {Softer} (s[o^]ft [ e]r); superl. {Softest}.] [OE. softe, AS. s[=o]fte, properly adv. of s[=e]fte, adj.; akin to OS. s[=a]fto, adv., D. zacht, OHG. samfto, adv., semfti, adj., G. sanft, LG. sacht; of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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