• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Monkey-grass a coarse fibre yielded by the leaf-stalks of Attalea funifera, used for brooms, street sweeping-machine brushes, &c
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old It. monicchio, dim. of Old It. monna, nickname for an old woman, an ape, contr. of It. madonna, mistress.


In literature:

Having done that, he remembered the monkey, deposited for the time being on the grass.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
On all sides of the Monkey was green grass, nice and soft.
"The Story of a Monkey on a Stick" by Laura Lee Hope
He walked on all fours, climbed trees like a monkey, ate grass and other herbage.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
All were naked except for girdles of grass about their hips, the rest of their bodies being covered with monkey-like hair.
"The Return of Tharn" by Howard Carleton Browne