sweetgrass

noun
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 Today, storms and sea tear up the marsh and the shore and the sweetgrass. BostonGlobe.com, "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 In 2001, a liquor company resolved an eight-year dispute over its Crazy Horse Malt Liquor (Crazy Horse the person deplored alcohol and its effect on tribes) by offering a public apology, plus blankets, horses, tobacco, and braided sweetgrass. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019 It had been kept by a woman who revered it as a household spirit and filled its eyes with sweetgrass. Louise Erdrich, The New Yorker, "The Stone," 2 Sep. 2019 Dutcher sat down with Billboard over sweetgrass tea at Toronto’s NishDish, a traditional Anishinaabe restaurant, to chat about the album, give us a history lesson — and teach us some Wolastoq language basics. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Jeremy Dutcher Aims to Disrupt 'Anglo-Centric Music Narrative' With Wolastoq-Language Album: Premiere," 5 Apr. 2018 Standout pieces from Solomon’s latest collection include braided wedding bands inspired by sweetgrass, available in a variety of finishes from sterling silver to 18-karat gold. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How 6 Indigenous Designers Are Using Fashion to Reclaim Their Culture," 30 May 2018 Dutcher sat down with Billboard over sweetgrass tea at Toronto’s NishDish, a traditional Anishinaabe restaurant, to chat about the album, give us a history lesson — and teach us some Wolastoq language basics. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Jeremy Dutcher Aims to Disrupt 'Anglo-Centric Music Narrative' With Wolastoq-Language Album: Premiere," 5 Apr. 2018 My suite was near the smudging room, where cedar, sage, and sweetgrass are burned during traditional cleansing rituals. Craig Taylor, Smithsonian, "See Canada Through Fresh Eyes on a First Nations Tour," 10 July 2017 Martin describes broths made from ginger, seaweed, sweetgrass, peppercrab, frog, fish, mutton, venison, dog, and elephant. Jacob Mikanowski, Slate Magazine, "A Song of Ice and Fire and Soup," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of sweetgrass

1926, in the meaning defined above

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16 Nov 2019

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“Sweetgrass.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetgrass. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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