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bear grass

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noun
  1. Also called elk grass. a tall, western North American plant, Xerophyllum tenax, of the lily family, having narrow leaves and a dense, broad cluster of tiny white flowers.
  2. any of several other plants having linear, grasslike leaves, as those of the genera Nolina and Dasylirion.
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Origin of bear grass

An Americanism dating back to 1740–50
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Historical Examples

  • All the others had net veined specimens, but they remembered that iris and flag and corn and bear-grass—yucca—all were parallel.

    Ethel Morton's Enterprise

    Mabell S.C. Smith

  • As she lay crouched in the bear-grass there came to the girl clearly the crunch of wheels over disintegrated granite.

    A Texas Ranger

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Hither also the tribes from the Rocky Mountains brought down horses, bear-grass, quamash, and other commodities of the interior.

    Astoria

    Washington Irving

  • It is for the construction of these baskets that the bear-grass forms an article of considerable traffic.

  • It is formed of cedar-bark and bear-grass, so closely interwoven that it is water-tight, without the aid of either gum or resin.