• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Couch-grass kowch′-gras a grass of the same genus with wheat, but a widespread and troublesome weed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of Quitch.


In literature:

Next came carrying the couch grass, wild alum, and soapwort into the store-room.
"The Harvester" by Gene Stratton Porter
There on a nodding grass-blade, a tiny Gnat had made a swinging couch, and he too had folded his wings, closed his tiny eyes, and was fast asleep.
"How to Tell Stories to Children" by Sara Cone Bryant
Pan, who had been lying on a couch of dried grass, sat up and bent an equally cheerful regard on the children.
"The Crock of Gold" by James Stephens
One of the draught-horses cropped the couch-grass round about them.
"On Our Selection" by Steele Rudd
The night of that first day, I slept on a couch of dry grass in one of the grottoes of the Great Eyrie.
"The Master of the World" by Jules Verne
Wilfrid had come in and seated himself on a couch in a dark corner; his father paced up and down the grass.
"A Life's Morning" by George Gissing
About an hour before sunset we arrived on the banks of a large creek, with a bed of couch grass, but no water.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
This was long sweet grass touching his face, making a couch like down for the battered, wearied body.
"The Battle Of The Strong, Complete A Romance of Two Kingdoms" by Gilbert Parker
The atmosphere is wholesome, and children ought to spring up there like couch-grass.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
The grass is mostly couch grass and weeds.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
First he culled a great heap of the thin wiry grass which seemed the chief product of his rock, and spread it also to dry for a couch.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham
The tender grass shall be my couch upon the moor, so that you can know the restfulness and comfort of love.
"The Underworld" by James C. Welsh
Being very tired they bathed and arranged couches of grass on the banks.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
And look at the thistle and the couch-grass.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
The colonel is reclining on a bearskin, spread over the thick sward of grass, which forms a soft couch underneath.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Indeed, I am sure that it is a Couch-grass, if the plants I there saw came from her seed.
"Cottage Economy" by William Cobbett
The grass seemed an inviting couch, and very gently he let her from him.
"A Transient Guest" by Edgar Saltus
The rock is still warm, and I will strew the grass of our hills as a couch for you.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
At present Couch-Grass is collected chiefly in Europe.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
No, it is Couch-grass!
"Omphalos" by Philip Henry Gosse

In poetry:

And all the world
Is lad and lass,
A blue sky
And a couch of grass.
"Summer Songs" by Richard Le Gallienne
Only a thin smoke without flame
From the heaps of couch-grass;
Yet this will go onward the same
Though Dynasties pass.
"In Time Of 'The Breaking Of Nations'" by Thomas Hardy
Tufts, follicles, grubstake
biennial rosettes, a low-
life beach-blond scruff of
couch grass: notwithstanding
the interglinting dregs
"Vacant Lot With Pokeweed" by Amy Clampitt
Couch by his side upon the grass and set your
white teeth in his throat
And when you hear his dying note lash your
long flanks of polished brass
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Stay yet awhile, oh flowers!—oh wandering grasses,
And creeping ferns, and climbing, clinging vines;—
Bend down and cover with lush odorous masses
My darling's couch, where he in sleep reclines.
"Written in a Cemetary" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

An outdoor fire that destroyed two old couches and burned some grass on Erie's east side Thursday afternoon was set deliberately by a Harborcreek Township man who said he wanted to see Erie firefighters in action, investigators said.
Couch grass black with swamp.