Sparrow grass

sparrowgrass

[spar-oh-gras, -grahs]
noun Informal.

Origin:
1650–60; by folk etymology

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sparrowgrass (ˈspærəʊˌɡrɑːs)
 
n
a dialect or popular name for asparagus
 
[C17: variant of asparagus, associated by folk etymology with sparrow and grass]

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