pampas grass



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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pampas grass

Historical Examples of pampas grass

  • The Argentine competes with a pampas-grass Blue all its own.

    The Complete Book of Cheese

    Robert Carlton Brown

  • A bamboo-framed talc screen painted with white and yellow marguerites stood before a fireplace filled with pampas-grass dyed red.


    John Galsworthy

  • And the satiny plumes of the Pampas-grass projecting from the clump of leaves form a fine object.

  • The Pampas-grass would be better still, but I have not been able to make them blossom together.

British Dictionary definitions for pampas grass

pampas grass


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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