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nounIrish English, US, Scottish, Northern
Ribwort plantain, Plantago lanceolata.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in American Farmer. From ripple + grass. The plant was so called because its leaves were traditionally used as a remedy for scratches or cuts.
ripple grass/ˈrɪp(ə)l ˌɡrɑːs//ˈrɪp(ə)l ˌɡras/
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