One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of a number of grasses with hard pointed seed heads, some of which are sharp enough to harm livestock.
Heteropogon, Stipa, and other genera, family Gramineae
- ‘We set off along a narrow path through speargrass taller than a man.’
2NZ Any of a number of spiny or prickly plants, in particular the piripiri and the Spaniard.
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