couch grass

[ kouch, kooch ]
/ ˈkaʊtʃ ˌgræs, kutʃ /
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noun

any of various grasses, especially Agropyron repens, known chiefly as troublesome weeds and characterized by creeping rootstocks that spread rapidly.

Nearby words

  1. cotylosaur,
  2. cotype,
  3. cou-cou,
  4. coucal,
  5. couch,
  6. couch potato,
  7. couch roll,
  8. couch-grass,
  9. couch-surf,
  10. couchant

Origin of couch grass

1570–80; couch, variant of quitch

Also called quitch, quitch grass.

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British Dictionary definitions for couch-grass

couch grass

/ (kaʊtʃ, kuːtʃ) /

noun

a grass, Agropyron repens, with a yellowish-white creeping underground stem by which it spreads quickly: a troublesome weedSometimes shortened to: couch Also called: scutch grass, twitch grass, quitch grass
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Word Origin and History for couch-grass

couch-grass

n.

1570s; the first element is a corruption of Old English cwice (see quick).

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