elephant grass

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noun

a cattail, Typha elephantina, of southern Asia, used for making rope and baskets.

Origin of elephant grass

First recorded in 1825–35
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  • The elephant-grass on each side of the track rose fifteen feet high.

    My African Journey|Winston Churchill

British Dictionary definitions for elephant grass

elephant grass

noun

any of various stout tropical grasses or grasslike plants, esp Pennisetum purpureum, and Typha elephantina, a type of reed mace

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