Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The annual spear grass (Poa annua).
  • n. A low-growing perennial (Potentilla anserina) having leaves silvery beneath; foundin Northern U. S., Europe, and Asia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Cleavers, a species of bedstraw, Galium Aparine.—2. The silverweed, Potentilla Anserina.
  • n. The darnel, Bromus mollis.
  • n. The doorweed, Polygonum aviculare.
  • n. Same as crowfoot-grass, 2, and wire-grass, 2.
  • n. The Texas millet, Panicum Texanum. See millet.
  • n. The low speargrass, Poa annua.
  • n. The sea spear-grass, Puccinellia maritima.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. low-growing perennial having leaves silvery beneath; northern United States; Europe; Asia
  • n. coarse annual grass having fingerlike spikes of flowers; native to Old World tropics; a naturalized weed elsewhere
  • n. annual weedy grass used for hay
  • n. annual having the stem beset with curved prickles; North America and Europe and Asia

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Examples

  • She plucked the goose-grass buttons from her dress in a nervous, desperate fashion.

    The Prussian Officer and Other Stories

  • It was none too clean, I cleansed it for him, and dressed it with some of your goose-grass unguent.

    St. Peter's Fair

  • Brother Cadfael walked across to the guest hall before Compline, and took with him not only a pot of his goose-grass salve for Hugh Beringar's numerous minor grazes, but also Giles Siward's dagger, with its topaz finial carefully restored.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • Brother Cadfael did not go straight to the mill on his return, but halted to check that his workshop was in order, and to pound up his goose-grass in a mortar, and prepare a smooth green salve from it.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • The dry grass was well laced with small herbs now rustling and dead but still fragrant, and there was a liberal admixture of hooky, clinging goose-grass in it.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • Brother Cadfael put it away carefully in the scrip at his girdle, and went to look for his goose-grass.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • He needed goose-grass to make a dressing for it, he would look along the fringe of the fields, it must be plentiful here.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • How fearless all the wild things are! the banks with goose-grass gleam,

    Rhymes of a Rolling Stone

  • "The reason I asked, a fellow told me you made your soup out of muskrat-tails and goose-grass."

    The Huntress

  • Already the water was receding as a result of the summer drouth, but, as fast as it fell, the muddy beach left at the foot of each bank was mantled with the tender green of goose-grass, a diminutive cousin of the tropical bamboo.

    The Woman from Outside [on Swan River]

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