sparrowgrass

[ spar-oh-gras, -grahs ]
/ ˈspær oʊˌgræs, -ˌgrɑs /

noun Informal.

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Origin of sparrowgrass

First recorded in 1650–60; by folk etymology
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sparrowgrass
/ (ˈspærəʊˌɡrɑːs) /

noun

a dialect or popular name for asparagus

Word Origin for sparrowgrass

C17: variant of asparagus, associated by folk etymology with sparrow and grass
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