cheatgrass

noun
cheat·​grass | \ ˈchēt-ˌgras How to pronounce cheatgrass (audio) \

Definition of cheatgrass

: an annual weedy Eurasian bromegrass (Bromus tectorum) naturalized in North America

Examples of cheatgrass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Yellowstone, non-native cheatgrass and desert madwort suck moisture out of the ground in early spring, depleting groundwater needed to sustain vegetation throughout the summer that grazing animals feast on. The Week Staff, The Week, 24 July 2022 Invasive cheatgrass is displacing sagebrush and other native vegetation in the Great Basin faster than people are chopping down trees in the Amazon. Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2021 Along with a startling growth of invasive cheatgrass that dries out and provides fuel to light up the trees, forest fires are hitting Rocky hard. Jon Waterman, Outside Online, 15 June 2020 Nico looks dubiously at the expanse of cheatgrass ahead of us. Emma Marris, Outside Online, 19 Nov. 2018 Faith uses cheatgrass, which serves as fuel for most of Utah’s valley and foothill fires, as an example. Luke Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Dec. 2021 That’s according to new research finding that cheatgrass and similar nonnative plants now cover one-fifth of the Great Basin, Brianna Randall writes for Science News. Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2021 Paul Ruprecht, Oregon-Nevada director for Western Watersheds Project, said the work likely will spread invasive weeds, including fire-prone cheatgrass. Scott Sonner, Star Tribune, 13 Jan. 2021 Paul Ruprecht, Oregon-Nevada director for Western Watersheds Project, said the work likely will spread invasive weeds, including fire-prone cheatgrass. Scott Sonner, Star Tribune, 13 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cheatgrass

1838, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

6 Aug 2022

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“Cheatgrass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheatgrass. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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