rooigras

noun roo·i·gras \ˈrüēˌgras\
variants: less commonly

rooi grass

\ˈrüē-\

Definition of rooigras

plural

-es

  1. :  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

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of rooigras

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


First Known Use: 1875


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up rooigras? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to cast off or become cast off

Get Word of the Day daily email!