sti·​pa | \ ˈstīpə \

Definition of stipa

1 capitalized : a large widely distributed genus of grasses having a one-flowered spikelet and lemma terminating in a long twisted or bent awn — see bunchgrass, feather grass, ichu, needlegrass, porcupine grass, sleepy grass
2 or less commonly stipa grass plural -s : any grass of the genus Stipa specifically : esparto

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History and Etymology for stipa

New Latin, from Latin stupa, stuppa coarse part of flax, tow

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“Stipa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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