cotton grass

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cotton grass any sedge of the genus Eriophorum; north temperate bog plants with tufted spikes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cotton grass (Bot) a genus of plants (Eriphorum) of the Sedge family, having delicate capillary bristles surrounding the fruit (seedlike achenia), which elongate at maturity and resemble tufts of cotton.
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Usage

In literature:

From amid a tuft of cotton grass which bore it up out of the slime some dark thing was projecting.
"The Hound of the Baskervilles" by A. Conan Doyle
The down of the canna, or cotton-grass.
"The Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
If an out-of-door fire is desired the cotton is first used to ignite a dry bunch of grass.
"The Bontoc Igorot" by Albert Ernest Jenks
On them the grass was excellent, with a good deal of cotton-bush and saltbush amongst it.
"Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria" by William Landsborough
Eriophorum angustifolium (Cotton-grass) .
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
Cotton-tails huddled beneath the greasewood brush and nibbled at the grasses.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Our mattresses were made of cotton, grass, or even shucks.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
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
Tall cotton grass flaunted up suddenly through the slaty haze of the night of pursuit.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
And you must gather cotton grass for lamp wicks.
"Modern Icelandic Plays" by Jóhann Sigurjónsson
It was fringed with cotton-trees and willows, and with grass in abundance for our horses.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
De work I done was choppin' de grass out of de cotton and pickin' de cotton.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
In the economy of farmers entirely up against the crab-grass in the cotton-patch, the mule is mightier than the sword.
"Oklahoma Sunshine" by Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
Nest made of fine grasses lined with cotton; 5 feet from the ground in a small tree.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
The grass rarely attains a height exceeding three feet, and burns out almost like so much cotton.
"Out on the Pampas" by G. A. Henty
Plowing the last thing before planting aids this, by giving the cotton quite as early a start as the weeds or grass.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
The third nest, containing six fresh eggs, was at the edge of a clump of cotton-grass and was exposed from directly above.
"Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska" by James W. Bee
The Cotton-grass and Willows now began to scatter their winged seeds.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
Harvesters for grass and grain have been supplemented by Corn, Cotton, Potato and Flax Harvesters.
"Inventions in the Century" by William Henry Doolittle
The head usually reposes on a sort of pillow of grass or cotton.
"Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume III" by Karl Ritter von Scherzer
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In poetry:

In chillness, like a clouded lantern-ray,
The forest's heart of fog on mossed morass,
On purple pool and silky cotton-grass,
Revealed where lured the swallower byway.
"Forest History" by George Meredith
De workmen's few an' mons'rous slow,
De cotton's sheddin' fas';
Whoop, look, jes' look at de Baptis' row,
Hit's mightily in de grass, grass,
Hit's mightily in de grass.
"Uncle Jim's Baptist Revival Hymn" by Sidney Lanier

In news:

Rotating perennial grasses into the same fields that are used to grow peanuts and cotton is a traditional Florida farming practice that has fallen into disuse despite a host of environmental and economic benefits.
Rotating perennial grasses into the same fields that are used to grow peanuts and cotton is a traditional Florida farming practice that has fallen into disuse despite a host of environmental and economic benefits.
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