sacaton


sacaton
(zacatón [sakatón], augmentative of zacate 'hay; fodder' < Nahu-atl zacatl)
   Bentley: 1863.
   A southwestern plant (Sporobolus wrightii) sometimes used as forage. The OED indicates that the term refers to various species of the genera Sporobolus and Epicampes. Santamaria glosses it as the common name of various wild grasses, including Muelembergia disticophylla and S. wrightii, used for making an industrial fiber. It generally grows in long, rigid rootstalks with leaves. In southeastern Mexico it is the primary vegetation on the plains or savannahs, where it grows as a shrub or in isolated groups of trees.
   Also called pajón (Mexico), bear grass (USA), it is commonly used as forage for cattle.
   Alternate forms: sacate, sacatone, zacaton.
   Islas and the DRAE both note that fiber from the plant's roots is used for brooms and brushes. Cobos references zacatón as "bunch grass or porcupine grass."

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  • sacaton — ☆ sacaton [sak΄ə tōn′ ] n. [AmSp zacatón < zacate < Nahuatl sakaλ, grass] a coarse native grass (Sporobolus wrightii), used for hay or pasture on dry ranges in the SW U.S. and Mexico …   English World dictionary

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  • sacaton — I. ˈsakəˌtōn noun ( s) Etymology: American Spanish zacatón, from zacate coarse grass, from Nahuatl zacatl : a coarse perennial grass (Sporobolus wrightii) of the southwestern United States useful for hay in alkaline regions II. adjective …   Useful english dictionary

  • sacaton — noun Etymology: American Spanish zacatón, from zacate coarse grass, from Nahuatl zacatl Date: 1846 a coarse perennial grass (Sporobolus wrightii) of the southwestern United States that is used for forage especially in alkaline soils …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sacaton — noun A tufted perennial grass grown in the southwestern United States and Mexico and used for hay and pasture in dry alkaline areas …   Wiktionary

  • sacaton — sac·a·ton …   English syllables