One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorth American, Australian
A grass with tough wiry stems.
Genera Aristida and Poa, family Gramineae: several species, including the European P. compressa, which has become naturalized in North America
- ‘If one holds a handful of dried wire grass today, the fibers seem brittle; one marvels that they ever could have been used for twine at all.’
- ‘Dry prairie consists mainly of grass species, especially little bluestem, splitbeard bluestem, wire grass, bottlebrush threeawn, Indian grass, and slender beardgrass.’
- ‘These types grow a bit later on in spring and have a lesser tendency toward sod-formation than English ryegrass and wire grass.’
- ‘A century and a half ago dry prairie, covered with wire grass, carpeted much of the land from Lake Okeechobee southward, but settlers cleared the prairie and planted crops and a variety of exotic grasses.’
- ‘A considerable proportion of total forest area consists of young growth forest and regenerating clear-cut areas, which in our classification are called wire grass pastures.’
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