sweetgrass

noun
sweet·grass | \ˈswēt-ˌgras \

Definition of sweetgrass 

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

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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 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 Lighting a stick of palo santo, like burning a bundle of sage or sweetgrass, is believed to chase away misfortune. Emily Witt, New York Times, "The Modern Charm of Practical Magic," 1 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of sweetgrass

1926, in the meaning defined above

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