Origin: Grassed; Grassing.
4. Metaphorically used for what is transitory. Surely the people is grass. (Is. Xl. 7)
The following list includes most of the grasses of the united states of special interest, except cereals. Many of these terms will be found with definitions in the vocabulary. Barnyard grass, for hay. South. Panicum Grus-galli. Bent, pasture and hay. Agrostis, several species. Bermuda grass, pasture. South. Cynodon Dactylon. Black bent. Same as switch grass (below). Blue bent, hay. North and west. Andropogon p 1000 rovincialis. Blue grass, pasture. Poa compressa. Blue joint, hay. Northwest. Aqropyrum glaucum. Buffalo grass, grazing. Rocky Mts, etc. Buchloe dectyloides. Same as grama grass (below). Bunch grass, grazing. Far west. Eriocoma, Festuca, Stips, etc. Chess, or Cheat, a weed. Bromus secalinus, etc. Couch grass. Same as quick grass (below). Crab grass, hay, in south. A weed, in North. Panicum sanguinale. Pasture and hay. South. Eleusine Indica. Darnel bearded, a noxious weed. Lolium temulentum. Common. Same as rye grass (below). Drop seed, fair for forage and hay. Muhlenbergia, several species. English grass. Same as redtop (below). Fowl meadow grass. Pasture and hay. Poa serotina. Hay, on moist land. Gryceria nervata. Gama grass, cut fodder. South. Tripsacum dactyloides. Grama grass, grazing. West and Pacific slope. Bouteloua oligostachya, etc. Great bunch grass, pasture and hay. Far west. Festuca scabrella. Guinea grass, hay. South. Panicum jumentorum. Herds grass, in new England Timothy, in Pennsylvania and south redtop. Indian grass. Same as wood grass (below). Italian rye grass, forage and hay. Lolium Italicum. Johnson grass, grazing aud hay. South and Southwest. Sorghum Halepense. Kentucky blue grass, pasture. Poa pratensis. Lyme grass, coarse hay. South. Elymus, several species. Manna grass, pasture and hay. Glyceria, several species. Meadow fescue, pasture and hay. Festuca elatior. Meadow foxtail, pasture, hay, lawn. North. Alopecurus pratensis. Meadow grass, pasture, hay, lawn. Poa, several species. Mesquite, or Muskit grass. Same as grama grass (above). Nimble Will, a kind of drop seed. Muhlenbergia diffsa. Orchard grass, pasture and hay. Dactylis glomerata. Porcupine grass, troublesome to sheep. Northwest. Stipa spartea. Quaking grass, ornamental. Briza media and maxima. Quitch, or quick, grass, etc, a weed. Agropyrum repens. Ray grass. Same as rye grass (below). Redtop, pasture and hay. Agrostis vulgaris. Red-topped buffalo grass, forage. Northwest. Poa tenuifolia. Reed canary grass, of slight value. Phalaris arundinacea. Reed meadow grass, hay. North. Glyceria aquatica. Ribbon grass, a striped leaved form 1000 of reed canary grass. Rye grass, pasture, hay. Lolium perenne, var. Seneca grass, fragrant basket work, etc. North. Hierochloa borealis. Sesame grass. Same as gama grass (above). Sheep's fescue, sheep pasture, native in northern Europe and asia. Festuca ovina. Small reed grass, meadow pasture and hay. North. Deyeuxia Canadensis. Spear grass, same as meadow grass (above). Squirrel-tail grass, troublesome to animals. Seacoast and Northwest. Hordeum jubatum. Switch grass, hay, cut young. Panicum virgatum. Timothy, cut young, the best of hay. North. Phleum pratense. Velvet grass, hay on poor soil. South. Holcus lanatus. Vernal grass, pasture, hay, lawn. Anthoxanthum odoratum. Wire grass, valuable in pastures. Poa compressa. Wood grass, indian grass, hay. Chrysopogon nutans.
many plants are popularly called grasses which are not true grasses botanically considered, such as black grass, goose grass, star grass, etc. Black grass, a kind of small rush (Juncus Gerardi), growing in salt marshes, used for making salt hay. Grass of the Andes, an oat grass, the Arrhenatherum avenaceum of Europe. Grass of parnassus, a plant of the genus parnassia growing in wet ground. The European species is P. Palustris; in the united states there are several species. Grass bass, the upland or field plover.