elephant grass

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. elephant bird,
  2. elephant butte,
  3. elephant ear,
  4. elephant fish,
  5. elephant folio,
  6. elephant gun,
  7. elephant man's disease,
  8. elephant seal,
  9. elephant shrew,
  10. elephant's-ear

Origin of elephant grass

First recorded in 1825–35

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Examples from the Web for elephant grass

  • 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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