- Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute the food of cattle and other beasts; pasture.
- [Bot] An endogenous plant having simple leaves, a stem generally jointed and tubular, the husks or glumes in pairs, and the seed single.
- The season of fresh grass; spring.(Colloq)"Two years old next grass." [Latham.]
- Metaphorically used for what is transitory."Surely the people is grass." [Is. xl. 7.]
- Marijuana.(Slang)Barnyard grassfor hay. South. Panicum Grus-galli.Bentpasture and hay. Agrostis, several species.Bermuda grasspasture. South. Cynodon Dactylon.Black bent. Same as Switch grassbelow).Blue benthay. North and West. Andropogon provincialis.Blue grasspasture. Poa compressa.Blue jointhay. Northwest. Aqropyrum glaucum.Buffalo grass, grazing. Rocky Mts., etc. Buchloë dectyloides . Same as Grama grassbelow). Bunch grassgrazing. Far West. Eriocoma Festuca Stips, etc. ChessorCheat a weed. Bromus secalinus, etc.Couch grass. Same as Quick grassbelow).Crab grassHay, in South. A weed, in North. Panicum sanguinale. Pasture and hay. South. Eleusine Indica.DarnelBearded, a noxious weed. Lolium temulentum. Common. Same as Rye grassbelow).Drop seedfair for forage and hay. Muhlenbergia, several species.English grass. Same as Redtopbelow).Fowl meadow grass. Pasture and hay. Poa serotina. Hay, on moist land. Gryceria nervata.Gama grasscut fodder. South. Tripsacum dactyloides. Grama grassgrazing. West and Pacific slope. Bouteloua oligostachya, etc.Great bunch grasspasture and hay. Far West. Festuca scabrella.Guinea grasshay. South. Panicum jumentorum.Herd's grassin New England Timothy, in Pennsylvania and South Redtop.Indian grass. Same as Wood grassbelow).Italian rye grassforage and hay. Lolium Italicum.Johnson grassgrazing and hay. South and Southwest. Sorghum Halepense.Kentucky blue grasspasture. Poa pratensis.Lyme grasscoarse hay. South. Elymus, several species.Manna grasspasture and hay. Glyceria, several species.Meadow fescuepasture and hay. Festuca elatior.Meadow foxtailpasture, hay, lawn. North. Alopecurus pratensis.Meadow grasspasture, hay, lawn. Poa, several species. Mesquite grassorMuskit grass. Same as Grama grassabove). Nimble Willa kind of drop seed. Muhlenbergia diffsa.Orchard grasspasture and hay. Dactylis glomerata.Porcupine grasstroublesome to sheep. Northwest. Stipa spartea.Quaking grassornamental. Briza media and maxima. Quitchor Quickgrass etc., a weed. Agropyrum repens.Ray grass. Same as Rye grassbelow).Redtoppasture and hay. Agrostis vulgaris.Red-topped buffalo grassforage. Northwest. Poa tenuifolia.Reed canary grassof slight value. Phalaris arundinacea.Reed meadow grasshay. North. Glyceria aquatica.Ribbon grassa striped leaved form of Reed canary grass.Rye grasspasture, hay. Lolium perennevar.Seneca grassfragrant basket work, etc. North. Hierochloa borealis.Sesame grass. Same as Gama grassabove).Sheep's fescuesheep pasture, native in Northern Europe and Asia. Festuca ovina.Small reed grassmeadow pasture and hay. North. Deyeuxia Canadensis.Spear grassSame as Meadow grassabove).Squirrel-tail grasstroublesome to animals. Seacoast and Northwest. Hordeum jubatum.Switch grasshay, cut young. Panicum virgatum.Timothycut young, the best of hay. North. Phleum pratense.Velvet grasshay on poor soil. South. Holcus lanatus.Vernal grasspasture, hay, lawn. Anthoxanthum odoratum.Wire grassvaluable in pastures. Poa compressa. Wood grassIndian grass hay. Chrysopogon nutans.
Note: ☞ This definition includes wheat, rye, oats, barley, etc., and excludes clover and some other plants which are commonly called by the name of grass. The grasses form a numerous family of plants.
Note: ☞ The following list includes most of the grasses of the United States of special interest, except cereals. Many of these terms will be found with definitions in the Vocabulary. See Illustrations in Appendix.
Note: ☞ Many plants are popularly called grasses which are not true grasses botanically considered, such as black grass, goose grass, star grass, etc.
Etymology: OE. gras gres gers, AS, græs gærs; akin to OFries. gres gers, OS., D., G., Icel., & Goth. gras, Dan. græs, Sw. gräs, and prob. to E. green grow. Cf. Graze