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

Examples of switchgrass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team mapped the genomes of more than 700 different switchgrass plants. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Alabama scientists move America closer to more biofuel," 12 Feb. 2021 This relies on harvesting new carbon-sucking crops like switchgrass for fuel, then capturing the resulting emissions through machines that filter out emissions from where the power is generated. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Carbon Capture Is Not a Climate Savior," 24 Dec. 2020 For success, head downwind of a switchgrass field, CRP field, conifers, or a ridge. Outdoor Life, "Busting 4 Whitetail Weather Myths," 20 Oct. 2020 Charging into the bluestem, Indiangrass and switchgrass that flourishes where corn and soybeans once grew, the two canines scoured the thick cover for pheasants. Star Tribune, "Saturday was kind of day late hunter Gary Clancy would have loved," 10 Oct. 2020 Mechanized farms in places such as the U.S. corn belt could integrate perennial grasses, notably switchgrass and miscanthus. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic," 1 Aug. 2020 Unsurprisingly, the study found that using cropland or former pasture produced a much clearer carbon benefit than converting forest for switchgrass agriculture. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "CO₂ removal to halt warming soon would be a gargantuan undertaking," 27 Aug. 2020 Farmers are planting big expanses of perennial grasses such as miscanthus and switchgrass for biomass burning and hope to see fuel markets develop. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic," 1 Aug. 2020 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

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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 14 May. 2021.

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