bear grass

[ bair-gras ]

  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.

Origin of bear grass

An Americanism dating back to 1740–50

Words Nearby bear grass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bear grass in a sentence

  • Sisal hemp, which I found much like our yucca or "bear grass," is but little grown.

  • There are thousands of cream-white mountain lilies—bear-grass—with tall, slender blooms.

    Your National Parks | Enos A. Mills
  • The mother had dropped it or missed it in her panic, and the little thing lay whimpering in the bear-grass.

    When the West Was Young | Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • They also Cover their heads from the rain Sometimes with a common water cup or basket made of Cedar bark and bear grass.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark | Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
  • At Louisville barely could boats be pulled in to the bear grass.

    The Conquest | Eva Emery Dye