gama grass


gama grass
(Possibly < grama [gráma] < Latin gramina 'grass[es]')
   Texas: 1894. According to Watts, a tall grass of the genus Tripsacum used for grazing cattle.
   The DARE notes that it usually refers to T. dacty-loides. The origin of this term is uncertain; it may derive from grama grass. Not referenced in Spanish sources.
   Alternate form: gamma grass, gemma grass.
   Also called sesame grass.
   See also grama grass.

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  • Gama grass — Ga ma grass [From Gama, a cluster of the Maldive Islands.] (Bot.) A species of grass ({Tripsacum dactyloides}) tall, stout, and exceedingly productive; cultivated in the West Indies, Mexico, and the Southern States of North America as a forage… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gama grass — ☆ gama grass [gä′mə ] n. [altered < GRAMA grass] any of several tall, perennial, American grasses (genus Tripsacum), used for forage …   English World dictionary

  • gama grass — ga′ma grass [[t]ˈgɑ mə[/t]] n. pln a tall forage grass Tripsacum dactyloides[/ex] • Etymology: 1825–35, amer.; var. of grama …   From formal English to slang

  • gama grass — noun see gama …   Useful english dictionary

  • gama grass — noun Etymology: probably alteration of grama Date: 1833 a tall coarse American grass (Tripsacum dactyloides) valuable for forage …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gama grass — /gah meuh/ an ornamental, reedlike grass, Tripsacum dactyloides, one of the largest in the U.S., growing from 4 to 7 ft. (1.2 to 2.1 m) high. [1825 35, Amer.; var. of GRAMA] * * * …   Universalium

  • gama grass — noun A tall coarse American grass (Tripsacum dactyloides) valuable for forage …   Wiktionary

  • Grass — Grass, n. [OE. gras, gres, gers, AS, gr[ae]s, g[ae]rs; akin to OFries. gres, gers, OS., D., G., Icel., & Goth. gras, Dan. gr[ae]s, Sw. gr[aum]s, and prob. to E. green, grow. Cf. {Graze}.] 1. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grass bass — Grass Grass, n. [OE. gras, gres, gers, AS, gr[ae]s, g[ae]rs; akin to OFries. gres, gers, OS., D., G., Icel., & Goth. gras, Dan. gr[ae]s, Sw. gr[aum]s, and prob. to E. green, grow. Cf. {Graze}.] 1. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grass bird — Grass Grass, n. [OE. gras, gres, gers, AS, gr[ae]s, g[ae]rs; akin to OFries. gres, gers, OS., D., G., Icel., & Goth. gras, Dan. gr[ae]s, Sw. gr[aum]s, and prob. to E. green, grow. Cf. {Graze}.] 1. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English