zoy·​sia ˈzȯi-shə How to pronounce zoysia (audio)
: any of a genus (Zoysia) of creeping perennial grasses of southeastern Asia and New Zealand having fine wiry leaves and including some suitable for lawn grasses especially in warm regions

Examples of zoysia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So cut bluegrass at 2 to 3 inches, tall fescue at 3 inches, perennial ryegrass at 2 inches, Bermuda at 1-1/2 to 2 inches, centipede at 2 inches, St. Augustine at 3 to 4 inches, and zoysia at 2 inches. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 15 May 2024 There are attractive zoysia lawns here in the Metroplex. Neil Sperry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 Mar. 2024 For example, zoysia is best mowed at 1 to 1 ½ inches tall, while tall fescue should be mowed at 2 to 3 inches. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 20 Apr. 2023 Obtain a bulletin on the types of zoysia and their needs from your local University of Florida Extension Office. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 25 Mar. 2023 Do your reading on zoysia grass, a turf type that has become popular in recent years for home lawns. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 25 Mar. 2023 Will Palisades zoysia do well there? Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, 18 June 2020 Recommended mowing heights are 3.5 inches for St. Augustine grass, 2 inches for zoysia and 1.5 inches or less for Bermuda grass. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 28 May 2020 Plant your lawn: This is the prime planting season for warm-season grasses, such as St. Augustine, centipede, Bermuda and zoysia. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 29 Apr. 2018

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Word History


New Latin, alteration of Zoisia, from Karl von Zois †1799 Slovene botanist

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zoysia was in 1924

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“Zoysia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoysia. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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