from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The Adam's-needle or bear-grass, Yucca filamentosa: in allusion to its fiber, which has been the subject of some experiment, but has not been brought into use
  • noun A name given to the istle, karatas, ramie (see these names), and some other fibers, also more or less to the plants producing them, though they are little grass-like.
  • noun A grass, Oryzopsis cuspidata, of the western United States, whose flowering glumes are densely covered with long silky hairs; also, the similar Stipa comata of the same region.


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