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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-.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.