- any of various grasses, as a meadow grass or a bent grass, having lance-shaped leaves or floral spikes.
Origin of spear grass
First recorded in 1540–50
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If you get scratched up by spear-grass and thorns and then step into some swamp-pool it's all off.The Blind Lion of the Congo
The pupa state is spent, in an earthen chamber, amongst the roots of the spear-grass, and the moth emerges during the summer.
The larva feeds on the spear-grass (Aciphylla squarrosa), an abundant plant on the coast hills near Wellington.
During our stay the island was fired, in order to remove the "spear-grass," which is so destructive to cattle.Cruise of the 'Alert'
R. W. Coppinger
It was the stalks, above the upper joint, of spear-grass and redtop grass growing so profusely in Weathersfield.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
- another name for wild Spaniard
- any of various native Australian grasses, esp of the genera Stipa or Heteropogon, with sharp-pointed seeds
- any of various grasses with sharp stiff blades or seeds
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