saw grass


: any of various sedges (as of the genus Cladium) having the edges of the leaves set with minute sharp teeth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The vessel roared into being, moving swiftly across immense stretches of saw grass slough—a sensation more akin to flying than floating—as the sticky South Florida air propelled us deep into the park’s wilderness. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 16 Aug. 2022 On the other side of the path were fields of swaying saw grass and hardwood hammocks — dense stands of broad-leafed trees that grow on a slight rise of only a few inches. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 This popular paddling destination includes open ponds, mangrove tunnels and saw grass fields. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 In the thick of the Everglades near the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee, Belle Glade once had a frontier character formed by a handful of people who contended with the saw grass and mosquitoes and caught catfish and spoke their own patois. Smithsonian Magazine, 22 June 2021 But this multifaceted ecosystem—fresh marsh and salt, brackish estuary, mangroves, saw grass, beds of sea grass, ribbons of reef—no longer functions naturally. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 6 Dec. 2019 To a layman, this patch of brown-green saw grass and button mangrove deep inside Everglades National Park looks healthy enough, but Troxler knows trouble lurks just beneath the murky surface. Allen G. Breed, The Denver Post, 3 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of saw grass was in 1822

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“Saw grass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

saw grass

: a sedge with leaves that have sharp jagged edges

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