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elephant grass

a cattail, Typha elephantina, of southern Asia, used for making rope and baskets.
Origin of elephant grass
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They live in huts made of split bamboo and thatched with elephant grass, called kudumbus.

  • He delights to sit on a telegraph wire or a stem of elephant grass and there make cheerful melody.

  • The encampment is on the outskirts of a perfectly flat plain, skirted with jungle-clad hills and covered with elephant grass.

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
  • Beside the river-beds are patches of elephant grass, eight to ten feet high, with feathered plumes six feet higher still.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • The country is fairly open, as there is no thick forest, but only scrub and cogon, or elephant grass.

  • On either side of it was thick scrub jungle and elephant grass eight feet high.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • The floor usually consists of split bamboo, the thatched roof of elephant grass.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
British Dictionary definitions for elephant grass

elephant grass

any of various stout tropical grasses or grasslike plants, esp Pennisetum purpureum, and Typha elephantina, a type of reed mace
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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