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crab grass

noun
1.
an annual grass, Digitaria sanguinalis, common in cultivated and waste grounds and often occurring as a pest weed in lawns.
Origin of crab grass
1590-1600
1590-1600
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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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Word Origin and History for crabgrass
n.

c.1600, from crab (n.1) + grass. Originally a marine grass of salt marshes; modern meaning is from 1743. Perhaps partly for its crooked form.

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