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blue-eyed grass

any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Sisyrinchium, of the iris family, having grasslike leaves and small, usually blue, flowers.
Origin of blue-eyed grass
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for blue-eyed grass
Historical Examples
  • The blue-eyed grass is not a grass at all, but is so called on account of the grass-like leaves.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • Here he set growing dainty blue-eyed-Marys and blue-eyed grass side by side.

    Freckles Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The blue-eyed grass is such a modest flower, one would never suspect it to be closely allied to the regal Iris.

  • The most valued flower of my childhood, outside the garden, was a little sister of the Iris—the blue-eyed grass.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • Heavy drops of dew still hung on the blue-eyed grass, sparkling in the sunlight like happy tears.

    Oldfield Nancy Huston Banks
  • Here I found sorrel, cinque-foil, and a few bunches of blue-eyed grass growing.

  • Almost all the grass was blue-eyed grass, too, and there were yellow lilies all over the pool.

    The Pot of Gold Mary E. Wilkins
British Dictionary definitions for blue-eyed grass

blue-eyed grass

any of various mainly North American iridaceous marsh plants of the genus Sisyrinchium that have grasslike leaves and small flat starlike blue flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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