- n. alternative spelling of couch grass.
“Such arable fields as had not been sown, but where the last stubble had been ploughed up, were overrun with couch-grass, and where the short stubble had not been ploughed, the weeds hid it.”
“Now after all my labouring to pay every man to a penny, and to allow the women over, when among the couch-grass (which is a sad thing for their gowns), to be charged like this, I say, so amazed me that I stood, with my legs quite open, and ready for an earthquake.”
“So we packed it out bag by bag, and made an ironbark coffin for it, and buried it away there, and put some couch-grass turfs on it.”
““Yes, I must make it clear to myself and understand,” he thought, looking intently at the untrampled grass before him, and following the movements of a green beetle, advancing along a blade of couch-grass and lifting up in its progress a leaf of goat-weed.”
“Gardens will always produce a great deal more than is wished for, in the shape of various herbs, shrubs, and plants, called weeds; such as dandelions, couch-grass, cow-parsley, chick-weed, and many other plants, which go by the general name of _weeds_.”
“I saw no green grass there, except in the garden: and this was some English grass, appearing to me to be a sort of couch-grass; it was in drills.”
“A few plants should be selected for special study, and the following are recommended: annuals -- sweet-pea, pumpkin, and corn; biennials -- cabbage, parsnip, and carrot; perennials -- dahlia, rhubarb, and couch-grass.”
“The rope is made of tough couch-grass and is painted in alternate stripes of red, yellow, and blue.”
“The bent-grass heaves not, the couch-grass quails not or cowers;”
“In this warm valley, carpeted in the irrepressible couch-grass, there was no lack of fodder that season, and even the lanes and byways would have served as fattening paddocks.”
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