Spear grass
Spear Spear, n. [OE. spere, AS. spere; akin to D. & G. speer, OS. & OHS. sper, Icel. spj["o]r, pl., Dan. sp[ae]r, L. sparus.] 1. A long, pointed weapon, used in war and hunting, by thrusting or throwing; a weapon with a long shaft and a sharp head or blade; a lance.

Note: [See Illust. of {Spearhead}.] ``A sharp ground spear.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. --Micah iv. 3. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: A spearman. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. A sharp-pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing fish and other animals. [1913 Webster]

4. A shoot, as of grass; a spire. [1913 Webster]

5. The feather of a horse. See {Feather}, n., 4. [1913 Webster]

6. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod. [1913 Webster]

{Spear foot}, the off hind foot of a horse.

{Spear grass}. (Bot.) (a) The common reed. See {Reed}, n., 1. (b) meadow grass. See under {Meadow}.

{Spear hand}, the hand in which a horseman holds a spear; the right hand. --Crabb.

{Spear side}, the male line of a family. --Lowell.

{Spear thistle} (Bot.), the common thistle ({Cnicus lanceolatus}). [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Spear grass — is the common name of numerous herbaceous plants worldwide including:;Poaceae (grasses) Aristida spp. Heteropogon contortus Imperata cylindrica Poa spp. Stipa spp.; typically Stipa calamagrostis ;Apiaceae (umbellifers) Aciphylla spp …   Wikipedia

  • spear grass — n. any of several perennial grasses (genus Stipa) having hard, sharp pointed, bearded fruits …   English World dictionary

  • spear grass — noun 1. : any of numerous grasses having spear shaped inflorescences or stiff pointed leaves: as a. : couch grass b. : bent 2d c. : meadow grass …   Useful english dictionary

  • spear grass — kupstinė šlubnė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Heteropogon contortus), paplitęs atogrąžose ir paatogrąžiuose. atitikmenys: lot. Heteropogon contortus angl. black spear grass; bunch spear grass; spear… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • spear grass — Poa Po a, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? grass.] (Bot.) A genus of grasses, including a great number of species, as the kinds called {meadow grass}, {Kentucky blue grass}, {June grass}, and {spear grass} (which see). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spear grass — /ˈspɪə gras/ (say spear grahs) noun 1. a native, drought tolerant grass of the genus Stipa with narrow leaves, twisted awns, and seeds which are spear shaped and can cause damage to stock, as plains grass. 2. either of two native, perennial… …   Australian English dictionary

  • spear grass — any of various grasses, as a meadow grass or a bent grass, having lance shaped leaves or floral spikes. [1540 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • spear-grass — …   Useful english dictionary

  • black spear grass — kupstinė šlubnė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Heteropogon contortus), paplitęs atogrąžose ir paatogrąžiuose. atitikmenys: lot. Heteropogon contortus angl. black spear grass; bunch spear grass; spear… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bunch spear grass — kupstinė šlubnė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Heteropogon contortus), paplitęs atogrąžose ir paatogrąžiuose. atitikmenys: lot. Heteropogon contortus angl. black spear grass; bunch spear grass; spear… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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