American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Eurasian grass (Agropyron repens) that has whitish-yellow root stocks and has become a troublesome weed in the New World. Also called quack grass, witch grass.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of Triticum repens, a species of grass which infests arable land as a troublesome weed. It is perennial, and propagated both by seed and by its creeping rootstock, which is long and jointed. It spreads over a field with great rapidity, and, because of its tenacity of life, is eradicated with difficulty. The root contains sugar, and has been used as a diuretic.
- n. The stoloniferous variety of fiorin, Agrostis alba.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Bot.) See quitch grass.
- n. European grass spreading rapidly by creeping rhizomes; naturalized in North America as a weed
- From couch + grass. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of quitch grass. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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