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[grahs; German grahs] /grɑs; German grɑs/
Günter (Wilhelm)
[goo n-ter wil-helm;; German gyn-tuh r vil-helm] /ˈgʊn tər ˈwɪl hɛlm;; German ˈgün tər ˈvɪl hɛlm/ (Show IPA),
1927–2015, German novelist, poet, and playwright. Unabridged
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any monocotyledonous plant of the family Poaceae (formerly Gramineae), having jointed stems sheathed by long narrow leaves, flowers in spikes, and seedlike fruits. The family includes cereals, bamboo, etc
such plants collectively, in a lawn, meadow, etc related adjectives gramineous verdant
any similar plant, such as knotgrass, deergrass, or scurvy grass
ground on which such plants grow; a lawn, field, etc
ground on which animals are grazed; pasture
a slang word for marijuana
(Brit, slang) a person who informs, esp on criminals
short for sparrowgrass
(NZ, informal) get off the grass, an exclamation of disbelief
let the grass grow under one's feet, to squander time or opportunity
put out to grass
  1. to retire (a racehorse)
  2. (informal) to retire (a person)
to cover or become covered with grass
to feed or be fed with grass
(transitive) to spread (cloth) out on grass for drying or bleaching in the sun
(transitive) (sport) to knock or bring down (an opponent)
(transitive) to shoot down (a bird)
(transitive) to land (a fish) on a river bank
(Brit, slang) (intransitive) usually foll by on. to inform, esp to the police
See also grass up
Derived Forms
grassless, adjective
grasslike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English græs; related to Old Norse, Gothic, Old High German gras, Middle High German gruose sap


/German ɡras/
Günter (Wilhelm) (ˈɡyntər). born 1927, German novelist, dramatist, and poet. His novels include The Tin Drum (1959), Dog Years (1963), The Rat (1986), Crabwalk (2002), and Peeling the Onion (2007). Nobel prize for literature 1999
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Word Origin and History for gunter grass



Old English græs, gærs "herb, plant, grass," from Proto-Germanic grasan (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Dutch, Old High German, German, Gothic gras, Swedish gräs), from PIE *ghros- "young shoot, sprout," from root *ghre- "to grow, become green" (related to grow and green).

As a color name (especially grass-green, Old English græsgrene) by c.1300. Sense of "marijuana" is first recorded 1938, American English. Hawaiian grass skirt attested from 1937; keep off the grass by 1850.

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gunter grass in Science
Any of a large family (Gramineae or Poaceae) of monocotyledonous plants having narrow leaves, hollow stems, and clusters of very small, usually wind-pollinated flowers. Grasses include many varieties of plants grown for food, fodder, and ground cover. Wheat, maize, sugar cane, and bamboo are grasses. See more at leaf.
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  1. The straight hair typical of Caucasians (1950s+ Black)
  2. (also grass weed) Marijuana; pot: smoking a little grass and passing on venereal disease/ Scoring grass here is easier than buying a loaf of bread (1930s+ Narcotics)

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one's ass is grass

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gunter grass in the Bible

(1.) Heb. hatsir, ripe grass fit for mowing (1 Kings 18:5; Job 40:15; Ps. 104:14). As the herbage rapidly fades under the scorching sun, it is used as an image of the brevity of human life (Isa. 40:6, 7; Ps. 90:5). In Num. 11:5 this word is rendered "leeks." (2.) Heb. deshe', green grass (Gen. 1:11, 12; Isa. 66:14; Deut. 32:2). "The sickly and forced blades of grass which spring up on the flat plastered roofs of houses in the East are used as an emblem of speedy destruction, because they are small and weak, and because, under the scorching rays of the sun, they soon wither away" (2 Kings 19:26; Ps. 129:6; Isa. 37:27). The dry stalks of grass were often used as fuel for the oven (Matt. 6:30; 13:30; Luke 12:28).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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