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- n. A tropical grass similar to millet, grown as a food crop and also used for weaving.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a genus of annual and perennial grasses of savannas and upland grasslands.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of grasses, belonging to the tribe Chlorideæ, having several linear spikes digitate at the summit of the culm.
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- n. annual and perennial grasses of savannas and upland grasslands
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The Nandi of East Africa perform a ceremony in September when the eleusine grain is ripening.
After that they pluck some of the eleusine, and each of them puts one grain in her necklace, chews another and rubs it on her forehead, throat, and breast.
Among the Nandi of British East Africa, when the eleusine grain is ripening in autumn, every woman who owns a corn-field goes out into it with her daughters, and they all pluck some of the ripe grain.