Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A grass, Imperata arundinacea, widely spread in the tropics, growing on land which has gone out of cultivation. Also called alang and, in the Philippines, cogon.

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Examples

  • Occurring along the northern promontory of Ujung Kulon near Tanjung alang-alang is a seasonally inundated freshwater swamp forest.

    Ujung Kulon National Park and Krakatau Nature Reserve, Indonesia

  • With repeated burning, alang-alang grass (Imperata cylindrica) may become dominant.

    Sulawesi montane rain forests

  • On we pressed, sometimes through a sparse wood of the white-barked cajeput-tree, by a pleasant grass-grown road, sometimes through stretches of alang-alang grass, terribly trying to the men, for the feet must be lifted as if wading through waves, and it reflects cruelly the fierce heat of the sun, while the sharp blades cut their legs.

    Insulinde: Experiences of a Naturalist's Wife in the Eastern Archipelago

  • One day we turned off from the high road, and took a path apparently but little used, as it was a complete carpet of short green turf, which led us across a gently undulating champaign country; passing now through patches of beautiful forest, now through open rice-fields or small plains of alang-alang.

    Mark Seaworth

  • The facade and some interior walls are woven from bamboo strips, and the roof is made of dried alang-alang grass.

    NYT > Global Home

  • The only signs of human habitation on the island's less than 40 acres are some bohemian-chic beach villas with alang-alang grass roofs,

    NYT > Travel

  • He is planting Acacia mangium and other fast-growing trees to produce the shade that eventually kills the alang-alang.

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  • As an additional defense against fire, each family tending a plot is required to clear the ground around it of alang-alang, undergrowth or anything else flammable.

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  • He is planting Acacia mangium and other fast-growing trees to produce the shade that eventually kills the alang-alang.

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  • The first challenge was killing the alang-alang, a cyanide-­secreting grass that had created a desolation Smits calls 'a green shroud. '

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