cotton grass


noun

any rushlike plant constituting the genus Eriophorum, of the sedge family, common in swampy places and bearing spikes resembling tufts of cotton.

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Origin of cotton grass

First recorded in 1590–1600; so called from its cottonlike heads
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British Dictionary definitions for cotton grass

cotton grass

noun

any of various N temperate and arctic grasslike bog plants of the cyperaceous genus Eriophorum, whose clusters of long silky hairs resemble cotton tuftsAlso called: bog cotton
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