giant reed


Definition of giant reed

: a tall perennial grass (Arundo donax) native to Mediterranean regions that has woody stems used especially in making baskets, shelters, and reeds for woodwind instruments

Examples of giant reed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The saltwater intrusion into marshes will knock back noxious plants such as cattail and giant reed, creating open water (and) allowing for vegetation of higher quality to grow in its absence. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, 14 Dec. 2017 One of the biggest culprits is the invasive weed known as arundo donax, or the giant reed, which clogs the river when water begins to flow. Phil Diehl,, 21 Oct. 2017 Cane Hundreds of thousands of acres in the southern U.S., from Florida to California, are infested with an exotic plant known as carrizo cane, or giant reed. Brian Barth, Smithsonian, 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of giant reed

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of giant reed was in 1851

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“Giant reed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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