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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
1740-1750
1740-50, Americanism
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