• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Silk-grass Adam's needle, or bear-grass
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. seolc—L. sericum—Gr. sērikon, neut. of adj. Sērikos, pertaining to the SēresSēr, a native of China.


In literature:

A mass of wet grass, marched upon, rustled like silk.
"The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane
A mass of wet grass, marched upon, rustled like silk.
"The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane
Sometimes the tissue is strings of silk-grass, twisted and knotted at the end.
"First Across the Continent" by Noah Brooks
This burrow is a vertical well, with a curb of fescue grass intertwined with silk.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
She had one shapely silk-clad leg crossed over the other, and a small foot resting on the grass.
"The Jungle Girl" by Gordon Casserly
Over the bird is a blue cloud, heavily worked in blue silk, and beneath is a small grass plot.
"English Embroidered Bookbindings" by Cyril James Humphries Davenport
The poorer people will have it of cotton or twisted grass, the wealthier and chiefs of silk, while some have it threaded with gold.
"Nat the Naturalist" by G. Manville Fenn
Silk-grass, a much-vaunted product, was sent back to England on the first ships and was everywhere being experimented with.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
He dropped to his knees, feeling dry grass prick his skin through his silk hose.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
She next opened the bandbox, and took out of it two bonnets and two tippets of grass-green silk, lined with pale pink satin.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood

In poetry:

Pale privet-petals white as milk
Are blown into a snowy mass:
The roses lie upon the grass
Like little shreds of crimson silk.
"Le Jardin" by Oscar Wilde
Her skirt was o the grass-green silk,
Her mantle o the velvet fyne,
At ilka tett of her horse's mane
Hang fifty siller bells and nine.
"Thomas The Rhymer" by Anonymous British
Oh, when the land is white as milk
With bloom that lets no leaf between,
When trees are clad in grass-green silk
And thrushes sing in a gold screen:
What is it ails Dark Rosaleen?
"Menace" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Monba (blue silks) and Cowboy Cal earned their way to Louisville with a 1-2 finish in the Blue Grass (gr.