wire grass
noun Date: 1751 any of various grasses or rushes having wiry culms or leaves: as a. a Eurasian slender-stemmed meadow grass (Poa compressa) widely naturalized in the United States and Canada b. any of several coarse grasses (genus Aristida) with a 3-awned lemma that grow extensively in open dry, sandy, or sterile areas especially of the southeastern and south-central United States

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  • Wire grass — Wire Wire (w[imac]r), n. [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. v[=i]rr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. [root]141.] [1913 Webster] 1. A thread or slender rod of metal; a metallic substance formed to an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wire grass — ☆ wire grass n. any of several grasses with wiry stems; esp. a European meadow grass (Poa compressa), naturalized in Canada and the U.S. * * * …   Universalium

  • wire grass — wire′ grass n. pln a Eurasian meadow grass, Poa compressa, naturalized in North America, having creeping rootstocks and thin stems …   From formal English to slang

  • wire grass — ☆ wire grass n. any of several grasses with wiry stems; esp. a European meadow grass (Poa compressa), naturalized in Canada and the U.S …   English World dictionary

  • wire grass — noun 1. handsome hardy North American grass with foliage turning pale bronze in autumn • Syn: ↑broom beard grass, ↑prairie grass, ↑Andropogon scoparius, ↑Schizachyrium scoparium • Hypernyms: ↑broom grass 2. coarse annual grass having fingerlike… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wire grass — Crab Crab (kr[a^]b), n. [AS. crabba; akin to D. krab, G. krabbe, krebs, Icel. krabbi, Sw. krabba, Dan. krabbe, and perh. to E. cramp. Cf. {Crawfish}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wire-grass — n. Crab grass, dog s tail grass (Eleusine Indica) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • wire grass — noun chiefly N. Amer. & Austral. grass with tough wiry stems …   English new terms dictionary

  • wire grass. — See Canada bluegrass. [1745 55, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • wire grass — /ˈwaɪə gras/ (say wuyuh grahs) noun any of various Australian native grasses of the genus Aristida, especially A. ramose, growing in dense spreading tufts with long thin needle like outgrowth at the leaf base and small pointed seeds; unpalatable… …   Australian English dictionary

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