pampas grass

  1. a tall, ornamental grass, Cortaderia selloana, native to South America, having large, thick, feathery, silvery-white panicles.

Origin of pampas grass

First recorded in 1840–50

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How to use pampas grass in a sentence

  • Beneath the balcony was an arcade where many seats were disposed among palms and pampas grass.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • The tall pampas-grass, with its long feathery plumes, gives a profitable crop.

    Stories of California | Ella M. Sexton
  • Mr. Grew squared his elbows on the table, and looked at the young man across the gift-books and the dyed pampas grass.

    Tales Of Men And Ghosts | Edith Wharton
  • It bears much resemblance to the “pampas grass,” now well known as an ornamental shrub.

    The Land of Fire | Mayne Reid
  • As they walked through the high pampas grass, they began to get glimpses of Panama and the low-lying ships in the harbor.

British Dictionary definitions for pampas grass

pampas grass

/ (ˈpæmpəs, -pəz) /

  1. any of various large grasses of the South American genus Cortaderia and related genera, widely cultivated for their large feathery silver-coloured flower branches

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