napier grass


na·​pi·​er grass ˈnā-pē-ər- How to pronounce napier grass (audio)
: a tall stout African perennial grass (Pennisetum purpureum) that resembles sugarcane and is widely grown for forage

called also elephant grass

Example Sentences

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Word History


Napier, town in South Africa

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of napier grass was in 1919

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“Napier grass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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