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1Angling. Silkworm gut used for making lines. Now historical and rare.
2Chiefly US. Any of various grasses; especially Sorghastrum nutans, which is one of the dominant grasses of the North American prairies.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in The London Gazette. From Indian + grass.
Indian grass/ˌɪndɪən ˈɡrɑːs//ˌɪndɪən ˈɡras/
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