Rattlesnake grass

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rattlesnake grass (Bot) a handsome American grass (Glyceria Canadensis) with an ample panicle of rather large ovate spikelets, each one composed of imbricated parts and slightly resembling the rattle of the rattlesnake. Sometimes called quaking grass.
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Usage

In literature:

We leaped to our feet, and my first idea, an absurd one enough, was that a rattlesnake was hurrying through the grass to our attack.
"The Ink-Stain, Complete" by Rene Bazin
Then Curly's horse scrunched up a tuft of grass, and my beast pawing, startled a rattlesnake.
"Curly" by Roger Pocock
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In news:

Just above the tract homes of Empire Ranch, on a Folsom hillside covered in boulders and brown grass, Bruce Ramirez plies his trade: keeping the suburbs safe from rattlesnakes.
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