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Johnson grass

noun
1.
a sorghum, Sorghum halepense, that spreads by creeping rhizomes, grown for fodder.
Also called Aleppo grass, Egyptian millet, Means grass.
Origin of Johnson grass
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; named after William Johnson, American agriculturist who first planted it in 1840
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  • Some recommend that the old orchard be seeded to grass (Bermuda or Johnson grass) and used as a pasture.

    The Pecan and its Culture H. Harold Hume
British Dictionary definitions for Johnson grass

Johnson grass

noun
1.
a persistent perennial Mediterranean grass, Sorghum halepense, cultivated for hay and pasture in the US where it also grows as a weed See also sorghum
Word Origin
C19: named after William Johnson (died 1859), American agriculturalist who introduced it
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