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bluegrass

[ bloo-gras, -grahs ]
/ ˈbluˌgræs, -ˌgrɑs /
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noun

any grass of the genus Poa, as the Kentucky bluegrass, P. pratensis, having dense tufts of bluish-green blades and creeping rhizomes.
country music that is polyphonic in character and is played on unamplified stringed instruments, with emphasis especially on the solo banjo.
the Bluegrass. Bluegrass Region.

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Nearby words

bluefields, bluefin, bluefin tuna, bluefish, bluegill, bluegrass, bluegrass region, bluegrass state, bluehead, blueing, blueish

Origin of bluegrass

An Americanism dating back to 1745–55; blue + grass
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British Dictionary definitions for bluegrass

bluegrass

/ (ˈbluːˌɡrɑːs) /

noun

any of several North American bluish-green grasses of the genus Poa, esp P. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass), grown for forage
a type of folk music originating in Kentucky, characterized by a simple harmonized accompaniment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bluegrass

bluegrass


n.

also blue-grass, music style, 1958, in reference to the Blue Grass Boys, country music band 1940s-'50s, from the "blue" grass (Poa pratensis) characteristic of Kentucky, the grass so called from 1751. Kentucky has been called the Bluegrass State since at least 1872; see blue (n.) + grass.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for bluegrass

bluegrass


A kind of folk music for guitar, banjo, violin, other stringed instruments, and voice; bluegrass is distinguished by rapid notes and improvisation by the musicians.

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