Quaking grass


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quaking grass (Bot) One of several grasses of the genus Briza, having slender-stalked and pendulous ovate spikelets, which quake and rattle in the wind. Briza maxima is the large quaking grass; Briza media and Briza minor are the smaller kinds.
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In literature:

Here is the common quaking grass, with its slender, smooth, spreading branches.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray

In poetry:

Through quaking grass and waving weed
Rises and falls the river—theme;
Vibrating rush and trembling reed
Are but the harpstrings of the stream.
"The Silent Muse" by Alfred Austin
Where hardly a human foot could pass,
Or a human heart would dare,
On the quaking turf of the green morass
He crouched in the rank and tangled grass,
Like a wild beast in his lair.
"The Slave In The Dismal Swamp" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
They have stolen away before the dawn,
No print in the May-dew on the lawn
Betrays the way their light feet taking
Set not the quaking grass to shaking,
Running so light-foot in the dawn.
"Flower O' The Year" by Katharine Tynan