Definition of steekgras in US English:


(also steekgrass)


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.


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.