Grama grass

grama

[grah-muh]
noun
any grass of the genus Bouteloua, of South America and western North America, as B. gracilis (blue grama)
Also, gramma.
Also called grama grass.


Origin:
1820–30, Americanism; < Spanish grama < Latin grāmina, plural of grāmen grass

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grama or grama grass (ˈɡrɑːmə)
 
n
any of various grasses of the genus Bouteloua, of W North America and South America: often used as pasture grasses
 
[C19: from Spanish, ultimately from Latin grāmen grass]
 
grama grass or grama grass
 
n
 
[C19: from Spanish, ultimately from Latin grāmen grass]

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grama grass

(genus Bouteloua), any of about 50 species of annual or perennial forage grasses constituting a group within the family Poaceae, and native mostly to North America, with a few species in Central and South America. Grama grasses may grow in tufts or clumps or spread by creeping horizontal stems above or below ground. Sideoats grama (B. curtipendula), blue grama (B. gracilis), black grama (B. eriopoda), and hairy grama (B. hirsuta) are the most important North American range species. Other common names include mat, needle, Parry, purple, Rothrock, six-weeks, and slender

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