crabgrass

noun crab·grass \ ˈkrab-ˌgras \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of crabgrass

:a grass (especially Digitaria sanguinalis) that has creeping or decumbent stems which root freely at the nodes and that is often a pest in turf or cultivated lands

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First Known Use of crabgrass

1743


CRABGRASS Defined for English Language Learners

crabgrass

noun

Definition of crabgrass for English Language Learners

  • : a thick type of grass that often grows and spreads quickly in places where it is not wanted


CRABGRASS Defined for Kids

crabgrass

noun crab·grass \ ˈkrab-ˌgras \

Definition of crabgrass for Students

:a weedy grass with coarse stems that root at the joints


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