from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of grasses of the tribe Agrostide√¶, known by its capillary awns, small spikelets, and grain tightly invested by the delicate glume. About 60 species are known, mostly of North America or the Andes, and a few in Asia. They are low grasses, sometimes forming a turf, with mainypanicled flowers. On account of the early deciduous Seed these grasses are called dropseed, especially M. diffusa (also called nimble-will). M. capillaris, an extremely delicate species, shares with various other grasses the name of hair-grass. The species have no marked agricultural worth.


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