sweet·​grass ˈswēt-ˌgras How to pronounce sweetgrass (audio)
: 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 All materials — from marble, to sweetgrass, to pixels — have equal potential. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Moreover, of the 31-member cabinet, 16 chose not to be sworn in by religious oath—including Carolyn Bennett, the minister for indigenous and northern affairs, who took her oath holding an eagle feather and a tuft of sweetgrass. Adam Rasmi, Foreign Affairs, 18 Nov. 2015 Make sure to cleanse the altar with sage or sweetgrass. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, 8 Dec. 2023 Along the marsh edge, look for sweetgrass, which shows off brilliant purple and creamy white plumes when days shorten. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 31 July 2023 Nearby, an elderly member of South Carolina’s Gullah Geechee people — descendants of Africans who were forced to labor on plantations along the Atlantic Coast — was busy weaving a traditional hat out of sweetgrass. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 The ethical womenswear designer and Lagos Fashion Week finalist collaborates with female artisans on a line of demure prints in contemporary loose cuts, and curates a selection of Rwandan handicrafts, from sweetgrass baskets to wood carvings from the rural Nyanza district, south of Kigali. Stephanie Rafanelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Oct. 2023 Explore the city’s Black history, from the soulful flavors of Lowcountry cuisine to the coils of artistry woven into each handcrafted sweetgrass basket. Noel Cody, Essence, 28 Apr. 2021 Situated along a rugged stretch of Sonoma County’s coastline marked by dramatic layers of fog, gulls, and sweetgrass lies the historic The Sea Ranch Lodge, an architectural marvel set on 53 acres. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 7 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweetgrass was in 1926

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“Sweetgrass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetgrass. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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