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 Vickie Hicks, who weaves intricate sweetgrass baskets in the historic city market in Charleston, South Carolina, remembers climbing onto the table at her grandmother’s booth downtown when the floodwaters rushed by. Michelle Liu, The Christian Science Monitor, "Should Charleston wall itself off from rising sea levels?," 23 Nov. 2020 If all else fails, simply burning a stick of sage or a braid of sweetgrass—my personal favorite—is a classic move. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "14 Calming Scents to Reduce Your Election Anxiety," 2 Nov. 2020 Seck herself is part of the Wolof tribe, whose expertise is basketweaving with pliable sweetgrass. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Company Makes "Happy Baskets" Inspired by Traditional African Techniques," 6 Oct. 2020 At her studio in The Foundry, an artist collective in St. Charles, Missouri, Seck and her team weave baskets with sweetgrass and colorful fibers from Muslim prayer mats. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Company Makes "Happy Baskets" Inspired by Traditional African Techniques," 6 Oct. 2020 At the entrance to the Greek Revival-style Historic City Market, which draws scores of travelers to its crafts stalls each day, vendors at tables sell handwoven baskets made of a sweetgrass called bulrush. Chase Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Charleston's Black Residents Have Shaped the City," 2 Oct. 2020 Gullah/Geechee artisans, who make intricate baskets for community use and tourist sales, rely on sweetgrass gathered from sand dunes and brackish marshlands. Dasia Moore, Quartz, "The environmental racism threatening South Carolina’s Black communities," 3 Sep. 2020 That culture, which also blends West Indian influence, includes crafts like sweetgrass basket weaving, music, spirituality and philosophy, heritage agriculture, and a distinctive patois with rhythms and pronunciation all its own. John Huey, Southern Living, "The Ultimate Boat Trip Through South Carolina's Undiscovered Lowcountry," 10 July 2020 Baskets made of South Carolina sweetgrass are on display throughout this space. Emily Nonko, WSJ, "House of the Year, Second Place: A Private Island Escape in South Carolina," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sweetgrass

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Sweetgrass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetgrass. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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