One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A grass that readily drops its seeds.
Genus Sporobolus, family Gramineae: several species, including the widespread North American sand dropseed (S. cryptandrus), which has a high yield of edible grain
- ‘Page and Page listed corn, squash, beans, and some wild and semi-cultivated plants such as Indian millet, wild potato, and dropseed as staples of this period.’
- ‘In Nina's small attached greenhouse, bags of prairie seed await sowing: the small spheroids of prairie dropseed.’
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