sweet·​grass | \ ˈswēt-ˌgras How to pronounce sweetgrass (audio) \

Definition of sweetgrass

: a slender fragrant perennial grass (Hierochloe odorata) that typically grows in moist soils and is used especially in basketry

Examples of sweetgrass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seeking to scratch a creative itch, Hill started visiting her Auntie Laura, who made traditional Haudenosaunee baskets from black ash and sweetgrass. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 The church’s current pastor, the Rev. Eric S.C. Manning, who has on the wall behind his desk a Gullah sweetgrass cross made using techniques brought from West Africa, is not sure how the struggle for racial equality is going. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, 18 Mar. 2022 There are few souvenirs as iconic as a Charleston sweetgrass basket. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 7 Jan. 2022 The plants are mostly used for medicinal purposes, and, except for sweetgrass, their names are kept private. Kylie Mohr, Wired, 23 Oct. 2021 The drive is lost because of the obstacles that are put on sweetgrass basket weaving. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, 3 Oct. 2021 See sweetgrass baskets at Gibbes Museum of Art, make an appointment at Steve Hazard Studio & Art Gallery and shop one of the oldest public markets in the U.S., the Charleston City Market. Noel Cody, Essence, 28 Apr. 2021 The air echoes with talk and songs, and the smell of sweetgrass filters in from outside. Anna V. Smith/high Country News, oregonlive, 3 Apr. 2021 Henrietta Snype, a 69-year-old sweetgrass basket artist from the Four Mile settlement community, was among the twenty-five people attending the March 19 event. Time, 25 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sweetgrass

1926, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2022

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“Sweetgrass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetgrass. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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