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1English regional parsley piert, Aphanes arvensis.
2North American any of various grasses that spring up on burnt land, especially Agrostis hyemalis.
3A flame-coloured grass, especially one of the genus Schizachyrium.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Gervase Markham (?1568–1637), author.
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