One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of numerous grasses found in temperate climates worldwide constituting the genus Agrostis, which includes some important turf and forage grasses, as creeping bent grass, A. stolonifera, and common bent grass, A. capillaris.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Gerard (c1545–1612), herbalist. From post-classical Latin agrostis dog's tooth grass from ancient Greek ἄγρωστις dog's tooth grass, feminine form corresponding to ἀγρώστης countryman from ἀγρός field + -της, suffix forming agent nouns, with unexplained -σ-.
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