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quitch

or quitch grass

[kwich or kwich gras] /kwɪtʃ or ˈkwɪtʃ ˌgræs/
noun
Origin of quitch
late Middle English
900
before 900; late Middle English quich, Old English cwice; cognate with Dutch kweek, Norwegian kvike; akin to quick (adj.)

couch grass

[kouch, kooch] /ˈkaʊtʃ ˌgræs, kutʃ/
noun
1.
any of various grasses, especially Agropyron repens, known chiefly as troublesome weeds and characterized by creeping rootstocks that spread rapidly.
Also called quitch, quitch grass.
Origin
1570-80; couch, variant of quitch
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British Dictionary definitions for quitch grass

quitch grass

/kwɪtʃ/
noun
1.
another name for couch grass Sometimes shortened to quitch
Word Origin
Old English cwice; perhaps related to cwicu living, quick (with the implication that the grass cannot be killed); compare Dutch kweek, Norwegian kvike, German Queckengras

couch grass

/kaʊtʃ; kuːtʃ/
noun
1.
a grass, Agropyron repens, with a yellowish-white creeping underground stem by which it spreads quickly: a troublesome weed Sometimes shortened to couch Also called scutch grass, twitch grass, quitch grass
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