variants or gama grass
plural -s
: a tall coarse American grass (Tripsacum dactyloides) valuable for forage

Word History


probably alteration of grama, grama grass

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gama was in 1831

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“Gama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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