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

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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