- any American grass of the genus Stipa, having a feathery appendage.
Origin of feather grass
First recorded in 1770–80
Also called needle grass.
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Examples from the Web for feather grass
Feather-grass, the popular name of Stipa pennata, a native of dry places in the south of Europe.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
Many of them display a downy lightness exquisitely lovely, as the common Feather-grass.The Romance of Natural History, Second Series
Philip Henry Gosse
That is the "feather-grass;" it is a very rare grass, and has been seldom found wild in this country.
- a perennial grass, Stipa pennata, native to the steppes of Europe and N Asia, cultivated as an ornament for its feathery inflorescence