- any rushlike plant constituting the genus Eriophorum, of the sedge family, common in swampy places and bearing spikes resembling tufts of cotton.
Origin of cotton grass
Examples from the Web for cotton grass
Historical Examples of cotton grass
The foam rested in flakes on the rushes where it hung and fluttered like tufts of cotton-grass.In the Roar of the Sea
The cup had an inwardly reflected rim, was made of stems of cotton-grass, and was well insulated with 15 mm of down feathers.
The third nest, containing six fresh eggs, was at the edge of a clump of cotton-grass and was exposed from directly above.
Many attempts have been made to spin the silky threads of the Cotton-grass which grows abundantly on the Scotch lowlands.The Romance of Plant Life
G. F. Scott Elliot
A child presented me with a bunch of cotton-grass, gathered on the moors not far from the Roman-Wall.Northumberland Yesterday and To-day
Jean F. Terry
- 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