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

  • noun A large family of plants, the Poaceae (or Gramineae), characterized by usually hollow stems, sheath-forming leaves in two longitudinal rows, and minute flowers arranged in spikelets. The grasses include food plants such as wheat, rice, corn, barley, oats, and sorghum and also plants used for turf, fodder, and shelter.

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  • noun the grasses: chiefly herbaceous but some woody plants including cereals; bamboo; reeds; sugar cane


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