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 As instructed, Matt chased after her, running flat-out to where the chest-high bluestem hit a mowed field. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 4 Dec. 2020 Charging into the bluestem, Indiangrass and switchgrass that flourishes where corn and soybeans once grew, the two canines scoured the thick cover for pheasants. Star Tribune, 10 Oct. 2020 Allen was once just a prairie field with sideoats grama, and bluestem grass that grew as high as six feet. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, 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,, 27 Apr. 2020 Plant sea oats, bluestem, and other native coastal vegetation to restore dunes. Dennis Pillion |, al, 23 Oct. 2019 Ron Klataske, who leads environmental nonprofit Audubon of Kansas, supports the proposal, saying bluestems destroy all native plants. USA TODAY, 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, 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, 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of bluestem

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bluestem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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