from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Adam's-needle or bear-grass, Yucca filamentosa: in allusion to its fiber, which has been the subject of some experiment, but has not been brought into use
- n. A name given to the istle, karatas, ramie (see these names), and some other fibers, also more or less to the plants producing them, though they are little grass-like.
- n. A grass, Oryzopsis cuspidata, of the western United States, whose flowering glumes are densely covered with long silky hairs; also, the similar Stipa comata of the same region.
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