bluestem

[ bloo-stem ]
/ ˈbluˌstɛm /

noun

any of several prairie grasses of the genus Andropogon, having bluish leaf sheaths, now grown in the western U.S. for forage.

Origin of bluestem

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; blue + stem1
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