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gama grass

[gah-muh] /ˈgɑ mə/
noun
1.
an ornamental, reedlike grass, Tripsacum dactyloides, one of the largest in the U.S., growing from 4 to 7 feet (1.2 to 2.1 meter) high.
Origin of gama grass
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; variant of grama
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  • Grasses grew high: wild timothy and wild oats and gama grass, mingled with flowers.

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British Dictionary definitions for gama grass

gama grass

/ˈɡɑːmə/
noun
1.
a tall perennial grass, Tripsacum dactyloides, of SE North America: cultivated for fodder
Word Origin
C19: gama, probably changed from grama
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