panic grass

noun

pan·​ic grass ˈpa-nik- How to pronounce panic grass (audio)
: any of various grasses (Panicum and related genera) including some important forage and cereal grasses

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Weeds were pushing up through the rubble—among them, aptly named species like panic grass and feverfew. Hiroki Kobayashi, National Geographic, 5 Aug. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English panik, from Latin panicum foxtail millet, from panus stalk of a panicle

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of panic grass was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Panic grass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/panic%20grass. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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