Bear-grass

bear grass

noun
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 of the genera Nolina and Dasylirion.

Origin:
1740–50, Americanism

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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 
2. yucca of west central United States having a clump of basal grasslike leaves and a central stalk with a terminal raceme of small whitish flowers 
3. stemless plant with tufts of grasslike leaves and erect panicle of minute creamy white flowers; southwestern United States and Mexico 
4. plant of western North America having woody rhizomes and tufts of stiff grasslike basal leaves and spikes of creamy white flowers [syn: squaw grass
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