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[zoi-see-uh, -zee-uh, -shuh, -zhuh]
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  1. any of several low-growing grasses of the genus Zoysia, especially Z. matrella, native to tropical Asia and widely used for lawns.
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Origin of zoysia

1920–25; named after Karl von Zois (died 1800), German botanist; see -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for zoysia


  1. any creeping perennial grass of the genus Zoysia, of warm dry regions, having short stiffly pointed leaves: often used for lawns
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, named after Karl von Zois (died 1800), German botanist
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