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[koh-gohn] /koʊˈgoʊn/
a tall, coarse grass, Imperata cylindrica, of the tropics and subtropics, used widely for thatching.
Origin of cogon
1895-1900; < Spanish < Tagalog kugon Unabridged
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  • The country is fairly open, as there is no thick forest, but only scrub and cogon, or elephant grass.

  • The cogon grass in this river bottom was the tallest I ever saw, some clumps being well over twenty feet high.

  • A roof of cogon grass protects ten bundles of unthreshed rice, which lie on it.

    The Tinguian Fay-Cooper Cole
  • After the framework is complete, one side of the roof is covered with cogon grass, but the other is left incomplete.

    The Tinguian Fay-Cooper Cole
  • We have previously stated that the incursion of the cogon grass into the fields makes necessary some new clearings each year.

  • Along the edge of the cogon lands are many large buri palms, from which a starch commercially known as sago is secured.

  • The command car bucked over hummocks of cogon grass while the boys held on to keep from being tossed out.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The latter part of the ride was through a series of small hills covered with cogon grass.

    The Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan
  • Kinahanglan budlúngun gayud ang kúgun kay lawum ug dulut, You have to really dig out the cogon grass, because it runs deep.

  • The unwooded portions of the table-lands are covered with cogon and similar wild grasses.

    Negritos of Zambales William Allan Reed
British Dictionary definitions for cogon


any of the coarse tropical grasses of the genus Imperata, esp I. cylindrica and I. exaltata of the Philippines, which are used for thatching
Word Origin
from Spanish cogón, from Tagalog kugon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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