Spike grass

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spike grass (Bot) either of two tall perennial American grasses (Uniola paniculata, and U. latifolia) having broad leaves and large flattened spikelets.
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Usage

In literature:

Its spikes, even when it is no higher than the grass, keep off the mouths of grazing stock.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
About 100 tons of lavender, 25 of spike, 40 of thyme, and 20 of rosemary are sent out from Grasse every year.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 643, April 28, 1888" by Various
Several times he sniffed the sickly grass and the carpet of dead spikes.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
With a snarl A'tim was after it, crushing through the long, dry, spike-like grass in hot pursuit.
"The Outcasts" by W. A. Fraser
Thus, the head of a palm tree is merely a cluster of large leaves; and the spike of a grass, a clustered blossom.
"Proserpina, Volume 1" by John Ruskin
Sometimes on the blades of this grass purple bands are present and the internodes and the spikes also become purplish.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
On the grass-grown top of the wall were rusty English guns spiked and abandoned after the war.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
The river produces abundance of Flote-grass, which at this time bore its spikes or heads of flowers.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
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In news:

David Wells twisted his face into a snarl, looked as if he were spiking an imaginary football while slamming his left fist toward the grass, then screamed an expletive.
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