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crab grass

an annual grass, Digitaria sanguinalis, common in cultivated and waste grounds and often occurring as a pest weed in lawns.
Origin of crab grass
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In my opinion, crab-grass would answer well for pasture-grass in moist situations.

  • It was autumn, and streaks of gray could be seen in the crab-grass.

    Up Terrapin River Opie P. Read
  • In the economy of farmers entirely up against the crab-grass in the cotton-patch, the mule is mightier than the sword.

    Oklahoma Sunshine Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
British Dictionary definitions for crab-grass

crab grass

any of several coarse weedy grasses of the genus Digitaria, which grow in warm regions and tend to displace other grasses in lawns
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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