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pampas grass

a tall, ornamental grass, Cortaderia selloana, native to South America, having large, thick, feathery, silvery-white panicles.
Origin of pampas grass
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • And the satiny plumes of the pampas-grass projecting from the clump of leaves form a fine object.

  • The pampas-grass would be better still, but I have not been able to make them blossom together.

    A Year in a Lancashire Garden Henry Arthur Bright
  • The Argentine competes with a pampas-grass Blue all its own.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • A bamboo-framed talc screen painted with white and yellow marguerites stood before a fireplace filled with pampas-grass dyed red.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for pampas-grass

pampas grass

/ˈpæmpəs; -pəz/
any of various large grasses of the South American genus Cortaderia and related genera, widely cultivated for their large feathery silver-coloured flower branches
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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