elephant grass


Definition of elephant grass

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

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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, "Inès Bressand Is Crafting the Basket Bags You’ll Be Coveting This Spring," 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, "50 Years After 1968, We Are Still Living In Its Shadow," 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, "After the pledge: Scientists scramble to make politicians' climate goals a reality," 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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