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elephant grass

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noun
  1. napier grass.
  2. a cattail, Typha elephantina, of southern Asia, used for making rope and baskets.

Origin of elephant grass

First recorded in 1825–35
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Historical Examples

  • The elephant-grass on each side of the track rose fifteen feet high.

    My African Journey

    Winston Churchill


British Dictionary definitions for elephant grass

elephant grass

noun
  1. any of various stout tropical grasses or grasslike plants, esp Pennisetum purpureum, and Typha elephantina, a type of reed mace
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