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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 October is the last feeding for bahia, centipede and zoysia lawns this year. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, 30 Sep. 2017 Some lawn care companies are now offering this service as zoysia lawns become more popular. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, 8 July 2017 Check for mealybugs, billbugs and nematodes in zoysia lawns and treat as needed. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, 1 July 2017

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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 6 Feb. 2023.

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