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1Any of several weedy grasses, especially couch grass, Elymus repens.
2South African. Any of several creeping grasses, especially Cynodon dactylon.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Minsheu (c1559–1627), lexicographer. From quick + grass; perhaps also associated by folk etymology with quick.
quick grass/ˈkwɪk ɡrɑːs//ˈkwɪk ɡras/
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