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sparrowgrass

[spar-oh-gras, -grahs]
noun Informal.
  1. asparagus.
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Origin of sparrowgrass

First recorded in 1650–60; by folk etymology
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sparrowgrass

noun
  1. a dialect or popular name for asparagus
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Word Origin for sparrowgrass

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