Feather-grass

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Feather-grass a perennial grass, so called from the feathery appearance of its awns
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feðer; Ger. feder; L. penna, Gr. pteron.

Usage

In literature:

Strand stood looking after her, quite unmindful of his feathered patient, which flew chirping about him in the grass.
"Tales From Two Hemispheres" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
Between them, but each to itself in smooth clear spaces, tufts of tall feathered grass.
"The Land of Little Rain" by Mary Austin
A night hawk swooped and circled above the tall "feather grass" by the margin of the creek.
"Keziah Coffin" by Joseph C. Lincoln
I build my nest of twigs and grass and weed-stalks and I line it with hair and rootlets and feathers.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
Gay birds' wings, plumy pampas grass, strings of wampum, and pretty work in beads, bark, and feathers, pleased the girls.
"Jo's Boys" by Louisa May Alcott
The whimsy creatures we are matched to contrast with, shift as the very winds or feather-grasses in the wind.
"Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete" by George Meredith
Later I saw a little fellow of six years of age chasing a chicken barren of feathers over a yard that was barren of grass.
"Sergeant York And His People" by Sam Cowan
We carried fine grasses and soft feathers.
"Stories of Birds" by Lenore Elizabeth Mulets
Originally these birds built their nests of leaves, feathers, and grass, in hollow trees.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
The blood and feathers upon the grass made him sure of this.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

Live murmurs then the trees will blend
With all the feathered song;
The waving grass low tribute lend
Earth's music to prolong.
"Blessed Are The Meek, For They Shall Inherit The Earth" by George MacDonald
Welcome, thou little bonny thing!
Clad are the tidings thou dost bring;
Soon will the grass begin to spring,
The trees to bad,
And feathered songsters sweetly sing
In yonder wood.
"To A Snowdrop." by Samuel Bamford
Dance all ye joyful, now dance all together!
Soft is the grass, and let foot be like feather!
The river is silver, the shadows are fleeting;
Merry is May-time, and merry our meeting.
"All Ye Joyful" by J R R Tolkien
And fuzzy-headed damsels wearing hardly any clo'es
But wisps of grass and feathers — and uncommon few of those —
Used to come and dance for him o' nights beneath the golden moon
To the singing of the palm-trees and the tide in the lagoon.
"The Figurehead" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Mexican feather grass ( Nassella tenuissima ).
Plant Mexican feather grass in well-drained soil, near other xeric plants.
Karl Foerster feather reed grass .
Photo By Terrah Baker A special breed of chicken that has one-third the feathers of other breeds sits in the grass in the pastures at Prater Farms in Cedarville.
Spangled with dew in the morning or after a light shower, the silvery flower panicles of feather grasses light up a garden.
Fine-textured Mexican feather grass dances at the slightest puff of wind, providing movement like a billowing wave.
Karl Foerster feather reed grass.
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