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crab grass

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noun
  1. an annual grass, Digitaria sanguinalis, common in cultivated and waste grounds and often occurring as a pest weed in lawns.
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Origin of crab grass

First recorded in 1590–1600
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  • It was autumn, and streaks of gray could be seen in the crab-grass.

    Up Terrapin River

    Opie P. Read

  • In the economy of farmers entirely up against the crab-grass in the cotton-patch, the mule is mightier than the sword.

    Oklahoma Sunshine

    Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller

  • In my opinion, crab-grass would answer well for pasture-grass in moist situations.


British Dictionary definitions for crab grass

crab grass

noun
  1. any of several coarse weedy grasses of the genus Digitaria, which grow in warm regions and tend to displace other grasses in lawns
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