Definition of steekgras in English:

steekgras

(also steekgrass)

noun

South African
  • Any of several grasses, especially of the genus Aristida (family Poaceae), having sharp, stiff awns which cling to wool or fabric and may penetrate the skin.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Economist Monthly Trade Supplement. From Afrikaans steekgras from South African Dutch steekgras from steek-, combining form of steken to stick, prick, to get stuck + gras.

Pronunciation

steekgras

/ˈstiːkɡras//ˈstiːkɡrɑːs/