couch grass
Quitch grass Quitch" grass` (kw[i^]ch" gr[.a]s`). [Properly quick grass, being probably so called from its vigorous growth, or from its tenacity of life. See {Quick}, and cf. {Couch grass}.] (Bot.) A perennial grass ({Agropyrum repens}) having long running rootstalks, by which it spreads rapidly and pertinaciously, and so becomes a troublesome weed. Also called {couch grass}, {quack grass}, {quick grass}, {twitch grass}. See Illustration in Appendix. [1913 Webster]

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  • Couch grass — (gr?s ). (Bot.) See {Quitch grass}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • couch grass — n QUACK GRASS * * * the perennial grass Agropyrum repens; its long roots are diuretic, demulcent, and antitussive and have been used to treat cystitis …   Medical dictionary

  • couch grass — n. [var. of QUITCH] a European perennial grass (Agropyron repens) that spreads rapidly by its underground stems and is a troublesome weed in North America; quack grass …   English World dictionary

  • couch grass — couch′ grass [[t]kaʊtʃ, kutʃ[/t]] n. pln any of various grasses that have rapidly spreading underground stems and are troublesome weeds Also called quitch • Etymology: 1570–80; couch, var. of quitch …   From formal English to slang

  • couch-grass — see couch n.2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • couch-grass — 1570s; the first element is a corruption of O.E. cwice (see QUICK (Cf. quick)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • couch grass — /kowch, koohch/ any of various grasses, esp. Agropyron repens, known chiefly as troublesome weeds and characterized by creeping rootstocks that spread rapidly. Also called quitch. [1570 80; couch, var. of QUITCH] * * * or quack grass Rapidly… …   Universalium

  • couch grass — paprastasis varputis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis, prieskoninis, vaistinis augalas (Elytrigia repens), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, Europoje ir Azijoje. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai (kvėpikliai). atitikmenys: lot …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • couch grass — noun European grass spreading rapidly by creeping rhizomes; naturalized in North America as a weed • Syn: ↑dog grass, ↑quackgrass, ↑quack grass, ↑quick grass, ↑witch grass, ↑witchgrass, ↑Agropyron repens …   Useful english dictionary

  • couch-grass — n. Knot grass, dog s grass, wheat grass, witch grass, dog wheat, twitch grass (Triticum repens) …   New dictionary of synonyms

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