crabgrass

noun
crab·​grass | \ ˈkrab-ˌgras How to pronounce crabgrass (audio) \

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

Examples of crabgrass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seems a little early, but recent VERY warm days have been warming up soil temps significantly and crabgrass germinates whensoiltemperatures hit about 55°F for 24-48 hours. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 11 Apr. 2021 Seems a little early, but recent VERY warm days have been warming up soil temps significantly and crabgrass germinates whensoiltemperatures hit about 55°F for 24-48 hours. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 11 Apr. 2021 Not regular green, as my neighbor’s pristine lawn, but more of a neon green, thanks to the crabgrass. BostonGlobe.com, 7 May 2021 Seems a little early, but recent VERY warm days have been warming up soil temps significantly and crabgrass germinates whensoiltemperatures hit about 55°F for 24-48 hours. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 11 Apr. 2021 Seems a little early, but recent VERY warm days have been warming up soil temps significantly and crabgrass germinates whensoiltemperatures hit about 55°F for 24-48 hours. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 11 Apr. 2021 Seems a little early, but recent VERY warm days have been warming up soil temps significantly and crabgrass germinates whensoiltemperatures hit about 55°F for 24-48 hours. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 11 Apr. 2021 Seems a little early, but recent VERY warm days have been warming up soil temps significantly and crabgrass germinates whensoiltemperatures hit about 55°F for 24-48 hours. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 Annual weeds, such as crabgrass and purslane, complete their entire life cycle in a single year — sprouting from a seed, growing into a plant, flowering, developing and releasing seeds, and then dying in fall. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of crabgrass

1743, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2021

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“Crabgrass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crabgrass. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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crabgrass

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crabgrass

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

crabgrass

noun
crab·​grass | \ ˈkrab-ˌgras How to pronounce crabgrass (audio) \

Kids Definition of crabgrass

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

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