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bluestem

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

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