wire grass


: any of various grasses or rushes having wiry culms or leaves: such as
: a Eurasian slender-stemmed meadow grass (Poa compressa) widely naturalized in the U.S. and Canada
: any of several coarse grasses (genus Aristida) with a 3-awned lemma that grow extensively in open dry, sandy, or sterile areas especially of the southeastern and south-central U.S.

Examples of wire grass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The area around it is resplendent with wire grass, bluestem, and fennel. Wired, 29 July 2022 Across flat and empty fields of wire grass, the developers paved suburban streets and called them Old Waverly Court and Rolling Greene Drive. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wire grass was in 1751

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“Wire grass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wire%20grass. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

wire grass

: any of various grasses or rushes having wiry stems or leaves
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