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sweet grass

any of several fragrant plants, as manna grass or the sweet flag.
Origin of sweet grass
1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Pipes came out all around the circle and some one threw a handful of sweet-grass on the fire.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The fernery was flanked by two other handwoven baskets of sweet-grass.

    Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • His forehead was bound with a wreath of sweet-grass, and he carried a bunch of fragrant flowers in his hand.

    Good Stories For Great Holidays Frances Jenkins Olcott
  • I have bought a little beauty, made of sweet-grass, to carry home to you.

  • There on the table stood two sweet-grass baskets exactly alike.

  • It was made of sweet-grass, it was oblong, and had a cover and long handles.

  • Then we put our sweet-grass baskets back in the proper place in the proper closet in the proper room.

    Chronicles of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Very early the next morning, the camp crier went through the great camp shouting that it was to be moved to the sweet-grass Hills.

    Sinopah the Indian Boy James Willard Schultz
  • She had lost her self-respect, the sweet-grass basket, and her fifty cents, besides getting a great green stain on her best dress.

  • Was she not going off with the secret intention of earning money enough to buy that sweet-grass basket before Flora could?

British Dictionary definitions for sweet-grass

sweet grass

an aromatic grass (Hierochloe odorata), traditionally used in Native American rituals
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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