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bear grass

Also called elk grass. a tall, western North American plant, Xerophyllum tenax, of the lily family, having narrow leaves and a dense, broad cluster of tiny white flowers.
any of several other plants having linear, grasslike leaves, as those of the genera Nolina and Dasylirion.
Origin of bear grass
An Americanism dating back to 1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At Louisville barely could boats be pulled in to the bear grass.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
  • They are ordinarily used in connection with the bear grass (Xerophyllum).

    California Athabascan Groups Martin A. Baumhoff
  • Ant-hills, the south sides of which bear grass, the northern whortle-berries.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • The bear grass is one of the most characteristic plants of Glacier.

    Glacier National Park [Montana] United States Dept. of the Interior
  • Floyd's fort on the bear grass became a rendezvous; the little harbour an anchorage for watercraft.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
  • Maloney, lying snugly in the bear grass beside the track, would not be informed as to the arrangement.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • Sisal hemp, which I found much like our yucca or "bear grass," is but little grown.

  • Dawn found them high in the range, in a little canyon, sweet with a tiny spring about which grew mesquite and bear grass.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • They also Cover their heads from the rain Sometimes with a common water cup or basket made of Cedar bark and bear grass.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
  • The man crouched in the bear grass could tell that Gabriel was in high good-humor.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine

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