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feather grass

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noun
  1. any American grass of the genus Stipa, having a feathery appendage.

Origin of feather grass

First recorded in 1770–80
Also called needle grass.
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Examples from the Web for feather grass

Historical Examples

  • Feather-grass, the popular name of Stipa pennata, a native of dry places in the south of Europe.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia

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  • Many of them display a downy lightness exquisitely lovely, as the common Feather-grass.

  • That is the "feather-grass;" it is a very rare grass, and has been seldom found wild in this country.


British Dictionary definitions for feather grass

feather grass

noun
  1. a perennial grass, Stipa pennata, native to the steppes of Europe and N Asia, cultivated as an ornament for its feathery inflorescence
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