napier grass

noun
na·​pi·​er grass | \ ˈnā-pē-ər- How to pronounce napier grass (audio) \

Definition of napier grass

: a tall stout African perennial grass (Pennisetum purpureum) that resembles sugarcane and is widely grown for forage

called also elephant grass

First Known Use of napier grass

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for napier grass

Napier, town in South Africa

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“Napier grass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/napier%20grass. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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