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bluestem

[ bloo-stem ]
/ ˈbluˌstɛm /
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noun
any of several prairie grasses of the genus Andropogon, having bluish leaf sheaths, now grown in the western U.S. for forage.
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Origin of bluestem

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

Other definitions for bluestem (2 of 2)

blue stem

noun Plant Pathology.
a disease of raspberries and blackberries, characterized by blue discoloration of the stem, wilting, and discoloration and decay of the roots, caused by a fungus, Verticillium alboatrum.
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