elephant grass

noun

Definition of elephant grass

1 : an Old World cattail (Typha elephantina) used especially in making baskets

Examples of elephant grass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other favorites of the 11 western lowland gorillas living at Walt Disney World include elephant grass grown in the park plus cherry tomatoes and fresh eggplant imported from The Land pavilion at Epcot. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Sep. 2019 Bressand spent three months with artisans in Ghana learning how to create sculptural baskets using a naturally golden straw from the savannah called elephant grass. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, 23 Jan. 2019 The promises of JFK’s New Frontier and LBJ’s Great Society seemed irretrievably lost in the humid jungles and sharp elephant grass of Southeast Asia. Jon Meacham, Time, 18 Jan. 2018 How easily could a farmer be persuaded to stop growing food and start cultivating elephant grass or willow trees? Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of elephant grass

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Elephant grass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elephant%20grass. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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