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Definition: Arrhenatherum avenaceum
, n. [OE. gras, gres, gers, AS, gr[ae]s, g[ae]rs;
akin to OFries. gres, gers, OS., D., G., Icel., & Goth. gras,
Dan. gr[ae]s, Sw. gr[aum]s, and prob. to E. green, grow. Cf.
1. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute the food
of cattle and other beasts; pasture.
2. (Bot.) An endogenous plant having simple leaves, a stem
generally jointed and tubular, the husks or glumes in
pairs, and the seed single.
Note: This definition includes wheat, rye, oats, barley,
etc., and excludes clover and some other plants which
are commonly called by the name of grass. The grasses
form a numerous family of plants.
3. The season of fresh grass; spring. [Colloq.]
Two years old next grass. --Latham.
4. Metaphorically used for what is transitory.
Surely the people is grass. --Is. xl. 7.
Note: The following list includes most of the grasses of the
United States of special interest, except cereals. Many
of these terms will be found with definitions in the
Vocabulary. See Illustrations in Appendix. Barnyard
grass, for hay. South. Panicum Grus-galli
pasture and hay. Agrostis
, several species. Bermuda
grass, pasture. South. Cynodon Dactylon
. Black bent.
Same as Switch grass
(below). Blue bent, hay. North
and West. Andropogon provincialis
. Blue grass,
pasture. Poa compressa
. Blue joint, hay. Northwest.
. Buffalo grass, grazing. Rocky
(a) Buchlo["e] dectyloides
(b) Same as Grama grass
(below). Bunch grass, grazing.
Far West. Eriocoma
, etc. Chess,
or Cheat, a weed. Bromus secalinus
, etc. Couch
grass. Same as Quick grass
(below). Crab grass,
(a) Hay, in South. A weed, in North. Panicum sanguinale
(b) Pasture and hay. South. Eleusine Indica
(a) Bearded, a noxious weed. Lolium temulentum
(b) Common. Same as Rye grass
(below). Drop seed, fair
for forage and hay. Muhlenbergia
, several species.
English grass. Same as Redtop (below). Fowl meadow
(a) Pasture and hay. Poa serotina
(b) Hay, on moist land. Gryceria nervata
. Gama grass,
cut fodder. South. Tripsacum dactyloides
grass, grazing. West and Pacific slope. Bouteloua oligostachya
, etc. Great bunch grass, pasture and
hay. Far West. Festuca scabrella
. Guinea grass, hay.
South. Panicum jumentorum
. Herd's grass, in New
England Timothy, in Pennsylvania and South Redtop.
Indian grass. Same as Wood grass
rye grass, forage and hay. Lolium Italicum
grass, grazing and hay. South and Southwest. Sorghum Halepense
. Kentucky blue grass, pasture. Poa pratensis
. Lyme grass, coarse hay. South. Elymus
several species. Manna grass, pasture and hay.
, several species. Meadow fescue, pasture
and hay. Festuca elatior
. Meadow foxtail, pasture,
hay, lawn. North. Alopecurus pratensis
grass, pasture, hay, lawn. Poa
, several species.
Mesquite grass, or Muskit grass. Same as Grama grass
(above). Nimble Will, a kind of drop seed.
. Orchard grass, pasture and hay.
. Porcupine grass, troublesome to
sheep. Northwest. Stipa spartea
. Quaking grass,
ornamental. Briza media
. Quitch, or
Quick, grass, etc., a weed. Agropyrum repens
grass. Same as Rye grass
(below). Redtop, pasture
and hay. Agrostis vulgaris
. Red-topped buffalo
grass, forage. Northwest. Poa tenuifolia
canary grass, of slight value. Phalaris arundinacea
Reed meadow grass, hay. North. Glyceria aquatica
Ribbon grass, a striped leaved form of Reed canary grass
. Rye grass, pasture, hay. Lolium perenne
var. Seneca grass, fragrant basket work, etc. North.
. Sesame grass. Same as Gama grass
(above). Sheep's fescue, sheep pasture, native
in Northern Europe and Asia. Festuca ovina
reed grass, meadow pasture and hay. North. Deyeuxia Canadensis
. Spear grass, Same as Meadow grass
(above). Squirrel-tail grass, troublesome to animals.
Seacoast and Northwest. Hordeum jubatum
grass, hay, cut young. Panicum virgatum
cut young, the best of hay. North. Phleum pratense
Velvet grass, hay on poor soil. South. Holcus lanatus
. Vernal grass, pasture, hay, lawn.
. Wire grass, valuable in
pastures. Poa compressa
. Wood grass, Indian grass,
hay. Chrysopogon nutans
Note: Many plants are popularly called grasses which are not
true grasses botanically considered, such as black
grass, goose grass, star grass, etc.
, a kind of small rush (Juncus Gerardi
growing in salt marshes, used for making salt hay.
Grass of the Andes
, an oat grass, the Arrhenatherum avenaceum
Grass of Parnassus
, a plant of the genus Parnassia
growing in wet ground. The European species is Parnassia palustris
; in the United States there are several
(Zo["o]l.), the calico bass.
, the dunlin.
, a cloth woven from the tough fibers of the
, a perennial herb of the Nettle family
syn. Urtica nivea
), which grows in
Sumatra, China, and Assam, whose inner bark has fine and
strong fibers suited for textile purposes.
(a) A common American sparrow (Po["o]c[ae]tes gramineus
); -- called also vesper sparrow
(b) Any Australian finch, of the genus Po["e]phila
which several species are known.
, a lamb suckled by a dam running on pasture land
and giving rich milk.
, land kept in grass and not tilled.
(Zo["o]l.), one of many small moths of the genus
, found in grass.
, a fragrant essential volatile oil, obtained in
India from grasses of the genus Andropogon
, etc.; --
used in perfumery under the name of citronella
, ginger grass oil
, lemon grass oil
, essence of verbena
(Zo["o]l.), a South African owl (Strix Capensis
(Zo["o]l.), any of several species of
Australian parrots, of the genus Euphemia
; -- also
applied to the zebra parrakeet.
(Zo["o]l.), the upland or field plover.
(Bot.), a species of willowwort (Lythrum Hyssopifolia
(Zo["o]l.), one of several tropical American
finches of the genus Euetheia
. The males have most of
the head and chest black and often marked with yellow.
(a) The common English, or ringed, snake (Tropidonotus natrix
(b) The common green snake of the Northern United States.
See Green snake
, under Green
(Zo["o]l.), the pectoral sandpiper (Tringa maculata
); -- called also jacksnipe
(Zo["o]l.), a common spider (Agelena n[ae]via
), which spins flat webs on grass, conspicuous
when covered with dew.
(Zo["o]l.), an inferior kind of commercial
sponge from Florida and the Bahamas.
. (Arch.) See Earth table
, under Earth
(Bot.), a vetch (Lathyrus Nissolia
narrow grasslike leaves.
. [Cf. Prov. R. an unmarried mother, G.
strohwittwe a mock widow, Sw. gr["a]senka a grass widow.]
(a) An unmarried woman who is a mother. [Obs.]
(b) A woman separated from her husband by abandonment or
prolonged absence; a woman living apart from her
To bring to grass
(Mining.), to raise, as ore, to the
surface of the ground.
To put to grass
, To put out to grass
, to put out to graze
a season, as cattle.
([=o]t), n.; pl. Oats
([=o]ts). [OE. ote, ate, AS.
[=a]ta, akin to Fries. oat. Of uncertain origin.]
1. (Bot.) A well-known cereal grass (Avena sativa
), and its
edible grain, used as food and fodder; -- commonly used in
the plural and in a collective sense.
2. A musical pipe made of oat straw. [Obs.] --Milton.
or Animal oats
(Bot.), A grass (Avena sterilis
) much like oats, but with a long spirally
twisted awn which coils and uncoils with changes of
moisture, and thus gives the grains an apparently
(Zo["o]l.), the snow bunting; -- so called from
its feeding on oats. [Prov. Eng.]
(Bot.), the name of several grasses more or less
resembling oats, as Danthonia spicata
, Danthonia sericea
, and Arrhenatherum avenaceum
, all common in
parts of the United States.
To feel one's oats
(a) to be conceited or self-important. [Slang]
(b) to feel lively and energetic.
To sow one's wild oats
, to indulge in youthful dissipation.
(Bot.), a grass (Avena fatua
) much resembling
oats, and by some persons supposed to be the original of
, a. [Compar. Wilder
; superl. Wildest
wilde, AS. wilde; akin to OFries. wilde, D. wild, OS. & OHG.
wildi, G. wild, Sw. & Dan. vild, Icel. villr wild,
bewildered, astray, Goth. wilpeis wild, and G. & OHG. wild
game, deer; of uncertain origin.]
1. Living in a state of nature; inhabiting natural haunts, as
the forest or open field; not familiar with, or not easily
approached by, man; not tamed or domesticated; as, a wild
boar; a wild ox; a wild cat.
Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that
2. Growing or produced without culture; growing or prepared
without the aid and care of man; native; not cultivated;
brought forth by unassisted nature or by animals not
domesticated; as, wild parsnip, wild camomile, wild
strawberry, wild honey.
The woods and desert caves,
With wild thyme and gadding vine o'ergrown.
3. Desert; not inhabited or cultivated; as, wild land. “To
trace the forests wild.”
4. Savage; uncivilized; not refined by culture; ferocious;
rude; as, wild natives of Africa or America.
5. Not submitted to restraint, training, or regulation;
turbulent; tempestuous; violent; ungoverned; licentious;
inordinate; disorderly; irregular; fanciful; imaginary;
visionary; crazy. “Valor grown wild by pride.”
“A wild, speculative project.”
What are these
So withered and so wild in their attire ? --Shak.
With mountains, as with weapons, armed; which makes
Wild work in heaven. --Milton.
The wild winds howl. --Addison.
Search then the ruling passion, there, alone
The wild are constant, and the cunning known.
6. Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered; as, a wild
7. Indicating strong emotion, intense excitement, or
?ewilderment; as, a wild look.
8. (Naut.) Hard to steer; -- said of a vessel.
Note: Many plants are named by prefixing wild to the names of
other better known or cultivated plants to which they a
bear a real or fancied resemblance; as, wild allspice,
wild pink, etc. See the Phrases below.
To run wild
, to go unrestrained or untamed; to live or
untamed; to live or grow without culture or training.
To sow one's wild oats
. See under Oat
. (Bot.), spicewood.
Wild balsam apple
(Bot.), an American climbing
cucurbitaceous plant (Echinocystis lobata
(Bot.), a fragrant labiate herb (Calamintha Clinopodium
) common in Europe and America.
(Bot.), a name of several leguminous plants,
mostly species of Phaseolus
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
undomesticated social bees, especially the domestic bee
when it has escaped from domestication and built its nest
in a hollow tree or among rocks.
. (Bot.) See under Bergamot
(Zo["o]l.), the European wild hog (Sus scrofa
from which the common domesticated swine is descended.
(Bot.), any uncultivated species of brier. See
(Bot.), an annual rough-leaved plant
) with small blue flowers.
(Bot.), one or more plants of the composite
, much resembling camomile.
(a) A European carnivore (Felis catus
resembling the domestic cat, but larger stronger, and
having a short tail. It is destructive to the smaller
domestic animals, such as lambs, kids, poultry, and
(b) The common American lynx, or bay lynx.
(c) (Naut.) A wheel which can be adjusted so as to revolve
either with, or on, the shaft of a capstan. --Luce.
. (Bot.) See Tape grass
, under Tape
(a) Any uncultivated tree which bears cherries. The wild
red cherry is Prunus Pennsylvanica
. The wild black
cherry is Prunus serotina
, the wood of which is much
used for cabinetwork, being of a light red color and a
(b) The fruit of various species of Prunus
. See the Note under Canella
(Bot.), an American plant (Cynoglossum Virginicum
) of the Borage family. It has large bristly
leaves and small blue flowers.
(Bot.), an annual umbelliferous plant
) native in the countries about
(Zo["o]l.) the mallard.
(Bot.), an American plant (Aralia hispida
the Ginseng family.
(Zo["o]l.) any wild bird, especially any of those
considered as game birds.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
undomesticated geese, especially the Canada goose (Branta Canadensis
), the European bean goose, and the graylag.
, and Bean goose
, under Bean
Wild goose chase
, the pursuit of something unattainable, or
of something as unlikely to be caught as the wild goose.
, honey made by wild bees, and deposited in
trees, rocks, the like.
. (Bot.) See Hyacinth
(Bot.), a thorny bush (Discaria Toumatou
of the Buckthorn family, found in New Zealand, where the
natives use the spines in tattooing.
(a) Land not cultivated, or in a state that renders it
unfit for cultivation.
(b) Land which is not settled and cultivated.
. (Bot.) See under Licorice
(Bot.), the oblong, yellowish, acid fruit of a
tropical American tree (Rheedia lateriflora
); -- so
called in the West Indies.
(Bot.), a labiate plant (Origanum vulgare
much like the sweet marjoram, but less aromatic.
(a) A tall, oatlike kind of soft grass (Arrhenatherum avenaceum
(b) See Wild oats
, under Oat
(Bot.), a species of dock (Rumex hymenosepalus
) found from Texas to California. Its acid,
juicy stems are used as a substitute for the garden
(a) The rock dove.
(b) The passenger pigeon.
(Bot.), an American plant (Silene Pennsylvanica
) with pale, pinkish flowers; a kind of
(Bot.), an arborescent endogenous herb
), much resembling the banana. Its
leaves and leaf sheaths are much used in the West Indies
as coverings for packages of merchandise.
(a) Any kind of plum growing without cultivation.
(b) The South African prune. See under Prune
. (Bot.) See Indian rice
, under Rice
(Bot.), the evergreen shrub Andromeda polifolia
. See Marsh rosemary
, under Rosemary
. (Bot.) See Sagebrush
(Bot.), a species of ginseng (Aralia nudicaulis
) bearing a single long-stalked leaf.
Wild sensitive plant
(Bot.), either one of two annual
leguminous herbs (Cassia Cham[ae]crista
, and Cassia nictitans
), in both of which the leaflets close quickly
when the plant is disturbed.
.(Bot.) See Sorb
(Bot.), any one of several umbelliferous
plants of the genus Aciphylla
, natives of New Zealand.
The leaves bear numerous bayonetlike spines, and the
plants form an impenetrable thicket.
. (Zo["o]l.) See 2d Turkey