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

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