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cotton grass

any rushlike plant constituting the genus Eriophorum, of the sedge family, common in swampy places and bearing spikes resembling tufts of cotton.
Origin of cotton grass
First recorded in 1590-1600; so called from its cottonlike heads Unabridged
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  • From amid a tuft of cotton grass which bore it up out of the slime some dark thing was projecting.

  • The large tract of swampy ground at the edge of the lake was covered by masses of cotton grass.

    Across Iceland William Bisiker
  • I don't know how to cook it; and as for my pillow, I can stuff it with cotton grass.

    East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen
British Dictionary definitions for cotton grass

cotton grass

any of various N temperate and arctic grasslike bog plants of the cyperaceous genus Eriophorum, whose clusters of long silky hairs resemble cotton tufts Also called bog cotton
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