switch·​grass | \ ˈswich-ˌgras How to pronounce switchgrass (audio) \

Definition of switchgrass

: a tall North American panic grass (Panicum virgatum) that is used for hay and forage

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Recent Examples on the Web Fields of tall switchgrass, Indian grass, and big and little bluestem offer prime winter bedding cover. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "18 Key Strategies for Finding More Sheds," 5 Feb. 2020 Understanding more about the microbial rules of engagement could help leverage microbiomes to improve health, or, more far afield, help solve technological challenges like making biofuel from switchgrass. Eryn Brown, Smithsonian, "By Studying Mouth Bacteria, Scientists Hope to Learn the Secrets of Microbiomes," 8 Nov. 2019 To begin with, biomass is burning organic materials for energy generation, such as wood products or switchgrass. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Is biomass good for Alabama, the environment?," 12 Oct. 2019 The 2019 target for advanced biofuel would be 4.88 billion gallons, including at least 381 million gallons of cellulosic renewable fuel, such as ethanol made from switchgrass. Mario Parker, Bloomberg.com, "Trump to Hit Refiners With Biofuels Boost," 26 June 2018 Stack said the most popular native plants Ted’s sells are prairie dropseed and switchgrass. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Despite spring snows, area greenhouses deliver motherlode of flowers for moms," 14 May 2018 Planting a variety of clump forming grasses, like native switchgrass or bluestem will also provide daytime hiding areas for vulnerable (and mostly nocturnal) toads. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Toads To Your Garden (And Why You’d Totally Want To)," 16 May 2017 In the next phase of funding, Donohue said that UW and Michigan State researchers will work on energy and chemical production from sources such as poplar trees, switchgrass and sorghum for an array of uses. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Energy jolt: UW-Madison to get funding for bioenergy center," 17 July 2017 In addition to switchgrass and American beach grass, look for cocklebur, sea rocket and cottonwood here. cleveland.com, "Top 10 beaches for nature lovers on Ohio's Lake Erie coast (plus one in Pennsylvania)," 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of switchgrass

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for switchgrass

alteration of quitch (grass)

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“Switchgrass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switchgrass. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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