Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Panicum maximum, a coarse tropical grass of Africa, introduced into many warm countries and extensively cultivated in the West Indies for pasturage. It is very nutritious.
“Bullocks especially, if fed with the fruit of this tree, guinea-grass, and _Batatilla_ (_Ipomoea brachypoda_, Benth.), soon get fat.”
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
“This was not so much because the other darkey had omitted cutting the guinea-grass, which, of course, the horses would not now require until we returned from town, as from the circumstance of Pompey having had the chance of exhibiting his prowess in respect of the iguana.”
“You savvy I tell you, Mass 'Tom, I'se come back from de hill 'fore Pomp get him cutlash to cut um guinea-grass, hey?”
“Tank you, Mass 'Tom," said he, when he had sucked in the last drop; when, wiping his mouth with the back of his hand, he stalked off across the terrace again towards the stable to fetch his cutlass to cut the guinea-grass for the horses, according to his usual habit at this time of day.”
“I'se spec, railly for true, um go dere in brace of shakes, an 'back' gain hyar 'fore dat lazy ole niggah Pomp fetch him cutlash out o 'stable an' go in bush to cut him guinea-grass for de hosses.”
“Our place was aptly named "Mount Pleasant," and well do I remember every salient feature of it -- the forest of lofty silk-cotton trees, bordered on the left by a row of the curious _bois immortel_, with its blood-red branches that had blossomed into flowers; the mountain slope covered with green waving guinea-grass at the back; and in front the park-like lawn already described.”
“The spacious residences were never rebuilt, the fallen aqueducts were left in ruins, the boulevards fell into disrepair and guinea-grass rioted through the cracked pavements.”
“The first few miles were trying, for the coast was swampy and thickly grown up to underbrush; but in time the jungle gave place to higher timber and to open savannas deep in guinea-grass.”
“It was a rich, deep soil, covered with a rank tropic growth, the guinea-grass being higher than the head of a man on horseback.”
“Broad pasture-lands replace the tropical house at Kew; rolling, well-kept fields of guinea-grass, surrounded with neat, dry-stone walls and with trim gates, give an impression of a long-settled land.”
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