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 less commonly stipa grass plural -s : any grass of the genus Stipa; specifically : esparto
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Origin and Etymology of stipa
New Latin, from Latin stupa, stuppa coarse part of flax, tow — more at stupe
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