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  1. a tall, coarse grass, Imperata cylindrica, of the tropics and subtropics, used widely for thatching.

Origin of cogon

1895–1900; < Spanish < Tagalog kugon
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Examples from the Web for cogon

Historical Examples

  • The country is fairly open, as there is no thick forest, but only scrub and cogon, or elephant grass.

    The Inhabitants of the Philippines

    Frederic H. Sawyer

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for cogon


  1. 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
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