bluegrass

bluegrass

[bloo-gras, -grahs]
noun
1.
any grass of the genus Poa, as the Kentucky bluegrass, P. pratensis, having dense tufts of bluish-green blades and creeping rhizomes.
2.
country music that is polyphonic in character and is played on unamplified stringed instruments, with emphasis especially on the solo banjo.

Origin:
1745–55, Americanism; blue + grass

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bluegrass (ˈbluːˌɡrɑːs)
 
n
1.  any of several North American bluish-green grasses of the genus Poa, esp P. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass), grown for forage
2.  a type of folk music originating in Kentucky, characterized by a simple harmonized accompaniment

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bluegrass
music style, 1958, in allusion to the Blue Grass Boys, country music band 1940s-'50s, from the "blue" grass (Poa pratensis) characteristic of Kentucky, the grass so called from 1751. Kentucky has been called the Bluegrass State since at least 1872.
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bluegrass definition


A kind of folk music for guitar, banjo, violin, other stringed instruments, and voice; bluegrass is distinguished by rapid notes and improvisation by the musicians.

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