One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A low-growing grass of the genus Zoysia, native to tropical Asia and New Zealand and widely used for lawns.
Family Gramineae: several species and cultivars, including Z. matrella and Z. japonica
- ‘The oldest improved zoysia, ‘Emerald’, is still available and still good.’
- ‘Short-growing, dense grasses such as bentgrass, hybrid Bermuda, St. Augustine and zoysia look best if cut with a power reel mower.’
- ‘Space plugs of slower-growing species, such as zoysia, closer together.’
- ‘In California and the Southwest, chinch bugs can suck the life out of zoysia and St. Augustine in summer.’
- ‘Previously, zoysia has been only widely available as sod, sprigs or strips.’
1960s: modern Latin, from the name of the Austrian botanist Carl von Zoys zu Laubach + -ia.
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