grass tree

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noun

any Australian plant of the genus Xanthorrhoea, of the lily family, having a stout, woody stem bearing a tuft of long grasslike leaves and a dense flower spike.

Nearby words

  1. grass snake,
  2. grass snipe,
  3. grass sorghum,
  4. grass sponge,
  5. grass style,
  6. grass up,
  7. grass widow,
  8. grass widower,
  9. grass, günter,
  10. grass-green

Origin of grass tree

First recorded in 1795–1805

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grass tree

noun

Also called: black boy, yacca, yacka any plant of the Australian genus Xanthorrhoea, having a woody stem, stiff grasslike leaves, and a spike of small white flowers: family Xanthorrhoeaceae . Some species produce fragrant resinsSee also acaroid gum
any of several similar Australasian plants
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