bluestem

noun blue·stem \ ˈblü-ˌstem \

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

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1818

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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