Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several creeping perennial plants of the genus Dichondra, having round leaves and widely cultivated as ground cover.

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  • noun Any of the genus Dichondra of prostrate perennial herbaceous plants with creeping stems.

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  • noun a creeping perennial herb with hairy stems and orbicular to reniform leaves and small white to greenish flowers; used as a grass substitute in warm regions

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Dichondra, genus name : di– + Greek khondros, granule; see chondro–.]

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From the genus name.

Examples

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  • Dichondra micrantha was very popular in southern California in the 1950s and 1960s as a grass substitute for lawns. When I lived there in the 60s almost everyone in our neighborhood had a dichondra lawn. They were beautiful, thick, glossy, lush, neat and cool. They did not require mowing. When I returned to my old neighborhood for a visit in 2005 there was not one dichondra lawn to be seen. Not sure why. They were something of a status symbol back in the day.

    January 30, 2008