sparrowgrass

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


Nearby words

  1. sparoid,
  2. sparring partner,
  3. sparrow,
  4. sparrow hawk,
  5. sparrowfart,
  6. sparrowhawk,
  7. sparry,
  8. spars,
  9. sparse,
  10. sparsity

Origin of sparrowgrass

First recorded in 1650–60; by folk etymology

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British Dictionary definitions for sparrowgrass

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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