quaking grass

quaking grass

noun
any of several grasses of the genus Briza, having spikelets with slender, drooping stalks.

Origin:
1590–1600

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quaking grass
 
n
any grass of the genus Briza, of N temperate regions and South America, having delicate flower branches that shake in the wind

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quaking grass

any of about 20 species of slender annual or perennial grasses making up the genus Briza (family Poaceae), named for the spikelets of open flower clusters, borne on long stalks, that quiver in any air current

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