- 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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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.The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga
Cornelis De Witt Willcox
A roof of cogon grass protects ten bundles of unthreshed rice, which lie on it.
After the framework is complete, one side of the roof is covered with cogon grass, but the other is left incomplete.
We have previously stated that the incursion of the cogon grass into the fields makes necessary some new clearings each year.The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao</p>
- any of the coarse tropical grasses of the genus Imperata, esp I. cylindrica and I. exaltata of the Philippines, which are used for thatching
from Spanish cogón, from Tagalog kugon
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