Definition of bluegrass in US English:

bluegrass

noun

  • 1A bluish-green grass that was introduced into North America from northern Europe. It is widely grown for fodder, especially in Kentucky and Virginia.

    See also meadow grass
    • ‘Cool-season grasses, such as fescues and Kentucky bluegrass, are tall so you cut them higher.’
    • ‘Similarly, a weed topic that is popular is the control of annual bluegrass, primarily in northern areas.’
    • ‘By contrast, shallow-rooted grasses like bluegrass need plenty of water or go dormant and brown in summer.’
    • ‘Playing surfaces will include bentgrass tees, fairways and greens, with bluegrass roughs and fescues in out-of-play areas.’
    • ‘Constant watering encourages grassy weeds like foxtail and perennial grasses like bluegrass to invade alfalfa.’
    • ‘In this region, cool-season grasses such as fine fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and turf-type perennial ryegrass thrive.’
    • ‘The incongruously named Bermuda grass and Kentucky bluegrass, for example (the first is native to Africa, the second to the Middle East), became so common they're considered native grasses by many.’
    • ‘Lawns composed of cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue are best aerified in the fall, when there is less heat stress and danger of invasion by weedy annuals.’
    • ‘Frost seeding is also more successful when pastures are dominated by bunchgrasses, such as orchardgrass, rather than by dense sod-formers, such as tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass.’
    • ‘Lawns of Kentucky bluegrass, buffalo grass, and tall fescue go dormant in winter and can survive without irrigation for many months.’
    • ‘The greens, fairways, and tee boxes are of creeping bentgrass, while the rough is a mixture of Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and fescue.’
    • ‘Tall fescue and perennial ryegrass are more resistant than bluegrass and Bermuda.’
    • ‘Grass will run short of water first but bluegrass that turns brown from dry weather is only dormant and not dead.’
    • ‘Most lawns contain a mixture of Kentucky bluegrass and rye grasses from Europe, which are not really suited to the climate here.’
    • ‘Two grass species, tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass were examined to address these objectives.’
    • ‘Leaf spot is a problem on fescue while melting-out is more of a problem on Kentucky bluegrass.’
    • ‘Botanical species in this ancient ecosystem included sagebrush, bluegrass, sedges, and herbs.’
    • ‘Developing trees alter the microclimate, which encourages a shift from desirable warm-season native grasses to introduced cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass.’
    • ‘Then shade-tolerant turfgrasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass or hard fescue, can hold their own.’
    • ‘Mow cool season grasses like fescue and bluegrass every two weeks in cool months, and monthly during hot weather.’
  • 2A kind of country music influenced by jazz and blues and characterized by virtuosic playing of banjos and guitars and high-pitched, close-harmony vocals.

    • ‘There's a smattering of lightening fast bluegrass banjo picking and whole array of strange folk tunings presumably descended from both the alternative and traditional sides of Americana.’
    • ‘The guest artists he attracts, from genres as diverse as classical to jazz to bluegrass to country are consistently outstanding.’
    • ‘The band sounds incredible pouring out these intricate songs that touch on country, bluegrass, blues and mild rock.’
    • ‘Its mandolin-driven lilt is perfectly pitched to appeal to all those recent bluegrass converts and alt country fiends alike.’
    • ‘This time around, the focus is on gospel-based material rather than bluegrass and hillbilly music.’
    • ‘On some songs he even takes a crack at singing and there is the continuing sense that he is moving away from hip hop beats towards a more bluegrass, country, folk-addled sound.’
    • ‘Most contemporary forms of music - rock, blues, jazz, bluegrass, country - have a common ancestry, if you go back far enough in time.’
    • ‘And, if you're interested in a musical tie-in with this crowd, check out the reggae, bluegrass, and folk music scenes.’
    • ‘Traditional music and country music, especially bluegrass, were his special loves’
    • ‘Blending country, bluegrass and spaghetti western music with their punk rock and surf backgrounds, these musicians have forged a tight chemistry.’
    • ‘It's very homely and informal and I love the bluegrass and country music.’
    • ‘Throw in a half dozen festivals featuring everything from country and bluegrass to jazz and blues and you have an unparalleled musical feast in Alberta.’
    • ‘It confirms that they now surpass bluegrass ' mandatory virtuosity and have become not just American favourites, but world-beaters.’
    • ‘Throughout there are 1950s-style big band blasts, bluegrass and banjo, cowbells and Cajun sunsets to surprise and ensnare you.’
    • ‘I'm getting into the acoustic version of bluegrass with things like banjos and mandolins, bongos and things like that, and that's kind of what I'm into right now.’
    • ‘More importantly, the culture and music of hillbillies went on to play a major role in influencing modern country and bluegrass.’
    • ‘Listen to our music and you will hear elements of bluegrass and rock-a-billy through to soul, blues and rock.’
    • ‘Swathed in delicate bluegrass guitar riffs and a gentle bass line, the song is as flesh and engaging now as it was 35 years ago.’
    • ‘First, there has been no single source of orthodoxy, as there was in bluegrass, jazz, or Western swing.’
    • ‘He moved to Memphis, birthplace of rockabilly, an earthy blend of country music, bluegrass, blues, gospel and swing jazz, hoping to break into the local music scene.’

Pronunciation

bluegrass

/ˈbluˌɡræs//ˈblo͞oˌɡras/