bluestem

noun
blue·​stem | \ ˈblü-ˌstem How to pronounce bluestem (audio) \

Definition of bluestem

1 : a tall North American grass (Andropogon gerardii synonym A. furcatus) that has smooth bluish leaf sheaths and slender spikes borne in pairs or clusters, is a dominant grass of the originally tallgrass prairies, and is used for hay and forage

called also big bluestem

— compare sand bluestem

Examples of bluestem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Allen was once just a prairie field with sideoats grama, and bluestem grass that grew as high as six feet. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, "Allen, Texas: How the city earned its title as one of the best suburbs in the country," 24 June 2020 One section of the land had lotebush and granjeño shrubs, prickly pear cactuses and bunches of bluestem grass where the lizards like to cool down or hide from predators. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "UT San Antonio grad student joins fight to save a Texas icon — the ‘horny toad’," 27 Apr. 2020 Plant sea oats, bluestem, and other native coastal vegetation to restore dunes. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Alabama beach mouse helped build the dunes that protect our coast," 23 Oct. 2019 Ron Klataske, who leads environmental nonprofit Audubon of Kansas, supports the proposal, saying bluestems destroy all native plants. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Kansas Department of Agriculture recently sought public input on a plan to quarantine invasive yellow and Caucasian bluestem grasses. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Planting a variety of clump forming grasses, like native switchgrass or bluestem will also provide daytime hiding areas for vulnerable (and mostly nocturnal) toads. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Toads To Your Garden (And Why You’d Totally Want To)," 16 May 2017 Come August, the big bluestem tallgrass will be chest-high. Rick Montgomery, kansascity.com, "Jerry Smith Farm Park: Native plants fill a patch of prairie that’s never seen a plow," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of bluestem

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bluestem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bluestem. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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