roo·​i·​gras | \ ˈrüēˌgras \
variants: or less commonly rooi grass \ ˈrüē-​ \
plural -es

Definition of rooigras

: an African veldt grass (Themeda triandra) that is valued for grazing and is represented by similar or identical grasses in parts of southern Asia and Australia — see kangaroo grass

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First Known Use of rooigras

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rooigras

Afrikaans rooigras, from rooi red + gras grass, from Middle Dutch; akin to Old High German gras grass

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“Rooigras.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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