[ as-truh-turf ]
/ ˈæs trəˌtɜrf /


a brand of carpetlike covering made of vinyl and nylon to resemble turf, used for athletic fields, patios, etc. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈæstrəʊˌtɜːf) /

noun trademark

a type of grasslike artificial surface used for playing fields and lawns

Word Origin for Astroturf

C20: from Astro(dome), the baseball stadium in Texas where it was first used + turf
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Word Origin and History for astroturf



1966, proprietary name for a kind of artificial grass, so called because it was used first in the Houston, Texas, Astrodome, indoor sports stadium. See astro- + turf. Houston was a center of the U.S. space program.

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