Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Old World perennial grass (Imperata cylindrica), widespread as a weed in warm regions and used for thatching.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several perennial rhizomatous grasses of genus Imperata, especially Imperata cylindrica.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tall, coarse grass (Imperata arundinacea) of the Philippine Islands and adjacent countries, used for thatching.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name in the Philippine Islands of Imperata arundinacea, a grass which takes possession of abandoned clearings and covers vast tracts of savanna land. It furnishes excellent material for thatching, but is fit for pasture only when young and tender. See alang-alang.

Etymologies

Spanish cogón, from Tagalog kugon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish cogón, from Tagalog and Visayan kugon (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In its place has grown a tough grass called cogon.

    Why We Must Learn to Love Weeds

  • At present the tamaraw is found primarily in remote areas that have been partly cleared, largely by fire, so that only small pockets of trees remain among coarse grasses such as Imperata cylindrica (a widespread, unpalatable tropical weed commonly called cogon, kunai, alang alang, lalang, or blady grass), and "tahalib" (Saccharum spontaneum).

    6 Wild Banteng

  • Cogon grass seems a useless parasite on the bosom of old Mother Earth, and yet it presents a compensation in its gorgeous white bloom, for, like the poppy, the cogon is a show-piece of nature, and she flaunts it in places where beauty is needed, too.

    Boy Scouts in the Philippines Or, The Key to the Treaty Box

  • The bulk of the remainder are aggressive grasses from the tropics, including cogon at number seven, and coco grass at number one, officially recognized as "the world's worst weed."

    Why We Must Learn to Love Weeds

  • Mississippi Forestry Commission A wanted poster, from Mississippi, for cogon grass.

    Why We Must Learn to Love Weeds

  • The invasive plant that scares me the worst is cogon grass which is truly "The Weed From Hell".

    What's Your Favorite Invasive Species?

  • I classify them right up there with feral hogs and cogon grass as invasive and harmful species.

    Florida Issues Permits for Python Hunt

  • And Filipinos with our ningas-cogon tendencies, like our entertainment fast and light, have suitably short attention span.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Local materials like bamboo, nipa and cogon are cool and cheap.

    Chapter 17

  • Today, areas affected by agricultural degradation are characterized by barren denuded hills and mountains with very few remaining trees and mainly vegetated with cogon and brush. the soil is not fertile with outcropping of rocks and the presence of eroded gullies.

    Chapter 5

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