noun Date: 1743 a grass (especially Digitaria sanguinalis) that has creeping or decumbent stems which root freely at the nodes and that is often a pest in turf or cultivated lands

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  • crabgrass — noun grasses with creeping stems that root freely; a pest in lawns • Syn: ↑crab grass, ↑finger grass • Hypernyms: ↑grass • Hyponyms: ↑Egyptian grass, ↑crowfoot grass, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • crabgrass — noun A member of the genus Digitaria, a grass of tropical to temperate climates, and a major pest of lawns in such climates, mainly from their invasive habits and the fact they die off in the fall and winter, leaving ugly bare patches …   Wiktionary

  • Crabgrass — Ditigaria (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • crabgrass — crab|grass [ˈkræbgra:s US græs] n [U] AmE a kind of rough grass …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • crabgrass — n. variety of coarse grass …   English contemporary dictionary

  • crabgrass — noun N. Amer. a creeping grass that can become a serious weed. [Digitaria sanguinalis and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • crabgrass — noun (U) a kind of rough grass …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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