elephant grass


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

Examples of elephant grass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here's a pair of elephant grass fans that will add visual interest to their walls. Sarah Madaus, Town & Country, 4 Aug. 2023 No matter who wins the race to the commercial skies — electric batteries, direct carbon capture into SAF or biofuels from sources like elephant grass — the progress being made to reduce the impact of emissions from air travel on the climate seems a bright, shining light ahead. The Arizona Republic, 12 Jan. 2023 Their paper estimates that elephant grass crops could meet U.S. SAF demand by 2040 at a competitive, average price point of $4.10 per gallon. The Arizona Republic, 12 Jan. 2023 In November 1965, journalist Joseph L. Galloway hitched a ride on an Army helicopter flying to the Ia Drang Valley, a rugged landscape of red dirt, brown elephant grass and truck-size termite mounds in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 Senegal native Sofi Seck weaves elephant grass and recycled plastic to create shopper baskets that delightfully hold fruit, trinkets, magazines, or provisions from the farmers’ market. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 3 July 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of elephant grass was in 1832

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“Elephant grass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elephant%20grass. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

elephant grass

: an Old World cattail used especially in making baskets
baskets woven from elephant grass
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