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grass tree

any Australian plant of the genus Xanthorrhoea, of the lily family, having a stout, woody stem bearing a tuft of long grasslike leaves and a dense flower spike.
Origin of grass tree
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
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  • Then, not far off, would be found the grass tree, from the summit of which long pendants projected like enormous blades of grass.

    The Young Berringtons W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for grass tree

grass tree

Also called black boy, yacca, yacka. any plant of the Australian genus Xanthorrhoea, having a woody stem, stiff grasslike leaves, and a spike of small white flowers: family Xanthorrhoeaceae. Some species produce fragrant resins See also acaroid gum
any of several similar Australasian plants
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