Velvet 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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  • velvet grass — ▪ plant also called  Yorkshire fog (species Holcus lanatus)        one of eight perennial grasses constituting the genus Holcus (family Poaceae), native to Europe and Africa. It has tufted flower clusters that may be white, green, pink, or purple …   Universalium

  • velvet grass — noun tall European perennial grass having a velvety stem; naturalized in United States and used for forage • Syn: ↑Yorkshire fog, ↑Holcus lanatus • Hypernyms: ↑grass …   Useful english dictionary

  • velvet grass —   Mau u Kepanī …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • Korean velvet grass — noun Asiatic creeping perennial grass; introduced in southern United States as a drought resistant lawn grass • Syn: ↑mascarene grass, ↑Zoysia tenuifolia • Hypernyms: ↑zoysia * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized K …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Velvet cork — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Velvet crab — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Velvet dock — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Velvet duck — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • velvet fiddler — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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