Goose-grass

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Goose-grass a species of Bedstraw (q.v.), a common weed in hedges and bushy places in Britain, Europe, and America
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gós; Ice. gás, Ger. gans, L. anser, Gr. chēn, Sans. hamsa.

Usage

In literature:

Look in the grass and leaves and you will find enough bones to make the complete frame of a goose, and every bone is picked clean.
"The Masters of the Peaks" by Joseph A. Altsheler
One old soldier spied a goose settin' in the grass.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
When they reached the church, the goose would lead his mistress to her seat and then go outside and eat grass until the services were over.
"Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy" by Frank Richard Stockton
If you shudder, it is a sign that a rabbit is running across, or a goose is eating grass from your grave.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Permanent grass land is called 'Tir Gwydd,' goose land.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
Thou art so filthy that if thou couldst make me a queen by the touch of a finger, I had rather be a goose-girl and eat grass.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
Dey dances out on de grass, forty or fifty niggers, and dem big gals nineteen year old git out dere barefoot as de goose.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
Weeds, nettles, nay, the very goose-grass which covers waste places, is cut up and taken for the cows.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
Another type of climber which shows itself early is the goose-grass.
"Rustic Sounds and Other Studies in Literature and Natural History" by Francis Darwin
The goose is a grass-animal but don't chaw her cud.
"The Complete Works of Josh Billings" by Henry W. Shaw
I misdoubt she was that poor where she came from they had never the grass of a goose to their cabin.
"Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color" by Brander Matthews
The goose is a grass-animal but don't chaw her cud.
"Josh Billings on Ice" by Henry Wheeler Shaw
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In poetry:

And most I like the winter nests deep-hid
That leaves and berries fell into:
Once a dormouse dined there on hazel-nuts,
And grass and goose-grass seeds found soil and grew.
"Birds' Nests" by Edward Thomas
So I gladly hastened back to the prairies of the West--
To the boundless fields of waving grass and corn;
And I love the lake-gemmed land where the wild-goose builds her nest,
Far better than the land where I was born.
"The Pioneer" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

Beyond that, in relative terms, they cost at least as much as our modern ones, they went through batteries like grass through a goose, and worst of all - their light was dim, at best.
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