Porcupine grass


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Porcupine grass (Bot) a grass (Stipa spartea) with grains bearing a stout twisted awn, which, by coiling and uncoiling through changes in moisture, propels the sharp-pointed and barbellate grain into the wool and flesh of sheep. It is found from Illinois westward. See Illustration in Appendix.
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In literature:

The country we passed over was mostly scrubby sandhills, covered with porcupine grass.
"Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration" by Ernest Giles
I do not know its right name, and have seen it described as "Spinifex," "Porcupine Grass," "TRIODIA," "TRIODIA PUNGENS," and "FESTUCA IRRITANS.
"Spinifex and Sand" by David W Carnegie
Wanita, the Yankton chief, had a most magnificent robe of the buffalo, curiously worked with dyed porcupine's quills and sweet grass.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
One species, the porcupine grass, bears a name that does not belie its character.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
On July 13, 1952, at Porcupine Lake, we flushed a female from a damp meadow of grasses and sedges at the west end of the lake.
"Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska" by James W. Bee
The grass of the Bad Lands region was now spread in fresh green, all beaded and porcupined with the early crocuses.
"Red Hunters And the Animal People" by Charles A. Eastman
His moccasins were of buffalo hide, beautifully decorated with porcupine quills and colored grass.
"The War Trail" by Elmer Russell Gregor