Definition of sweetgrass in US English:



  • Any of a number of grasses which possess a sweet flavor, making them attractive to livestock, or a sweet smell, resulting in their former use as herbs for strewing or burning.

    Glyceria, Hierochloe, and other genera, family Gramineae

    • ‘Joy Stewart smudges the workshop space with sweetgrass and uses candles to attract positive energy for her chakra workshops.’
    • ‘Do get ‘smudged’ by an elder when he offers to purify you with sweetgrass, tobacco, sage and cedar.’
    • ‘Treatment blends of honey, cornmeal, sage and sweetgrass are a luxurious reminder of the spa's Native American roots.’
    • ‘I offered them some of our general history and the host organization a gift of sweetgrass.’
    • ‘And when I've run out of sweetgrass, someone always shows up with a braid of sweetgrass and gives it to me.’
    • ‘The air here is damp and chilly, but it smells so fresh, mixes of sweetgrass and pond or lake water.’
    • ‘The highway is dotted with periodic lean-tos made of gray, weather-beaten plywood and 2x4s that offer shade to the women who sell their baskets of tightly woven sweetgrass.’
    • ‘However, we have become somewhat spiritually self-righteous through the years and often over the fact that pre-colonial Canada was not all sweetgrass, sweat lodges and sunsets.’
    • ‘So, two weeks before opening night the theatre, cast and crew were blessed in a sweetgrass ceremony by local elder Mary Uslick that cleansed them and the theatre space of negative spirits.’
    • ‘Johnny puts sweetgrass in his blankets to keep from dreaming, but all he gets is a runny nose.’