buffel grass

noun

buf·​fel grass
ˈbəfəl-
: an erect tussock-forming perennial bur grass (Pennisetum cenchroides) used especially in Australia and southern Africa for pasture and forage

Word History

Etymology

partial translation of Afrikaans buffelgras, from buffel buffalo (from Middle Dutch, from Middle French buffle) + gras grass

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“Buffel grass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffel%20grass. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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