bear grass



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.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bear grass

Historical Examples of bear grass

  • 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.


    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.