bear grass

bear′ grass` or bear′grass`
n.
1) pln a tall W North American plant, Xerophyllum tenax, of the lily family, having grasslike foliage
2) pln any of several plants of the agave family, having linear, grasslike leaves, as those of the genera Nolina and
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Etymology: 1740–50, amer.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Bear Grass — (Xerophyllum tenax) Obtained from a North American coarse and very strong fibre plant of the lily family, called also elk grass, squaw grass, and turkey beard. The Hupas and other North western Indians used the fibres of the leaves in making… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • bear grass — 1. Also called elk grass. a tall, western North American plant, Xerophyllum tenax, of the lily family, having narrow leaves and a dense, broad cluster of tiny white flowers. 2. any of several other plants having linear, grasslike leaves, as those …   Universalium

  • bear grass — noun 1. yucca of southern United States having a clump of basal grasslike leaves and a central stalk with a terminal raceme of small whitish flowers • Syn: ↑Yucca smalliana • Hypernyms: ↑yucca 2. yucca of west central United States having a clump …   Useful english dictionary

  • bear grass — pluoštinė juka statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Agavinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Yucca filamentosa), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Yucca filamentosa angl. Adams needle; bear grass; bear grass; needle palm;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bear-grass — pluoštinė juka statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Agavinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Yucca filamentosa), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Yucca filamentosa angl. Adams needle; bear grass; bear grass; needle palm;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bear grass — Yucca Yuc ca, n. [NL., from Yuca, its name in St. Domingo.] (Bot.) A genus of American liliaceous, sometimes arborescent, plants having long, pointed, and often rigid, leaves at the top of a more or less woody stem, and bearing a large panicle of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bear grass — melsvalapė nolina statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Nolininių šeimos augalas (Nolina interrata), paplitęs Kalifornijoje ir Meksikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Nolina interrata angl. bear grass; Dehesa beargrass isp. dehesa nolina šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bear grass — noun Date: 1750 any of several plants (genera Yucca, Nolina, or Xerophyllum) of the lily or agave families chiefly of the southern and western United States with foliage resembling coarse blades of grass …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bear-grass — n. Yucca, Adam s needle, Spanish bayonet …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Bear Grass, North Carolina — Infobox Settlement official name = Beargrass, North Carolina settlement type = Town nickname = motto = imagesize = image caption = image |pushpin pushpin label position =left pushpin map caption =Location within the state of North Carolina… …   Wikipedia

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