dog bent

variants: or dog's bent

Definition of dog bent

: a common grass (Agrostis canina) with slender culms, narrow leaves, and a long-awned lemma

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so called from its being eaten by sick dogs, supposedly as an emetic

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“Dog bent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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