couch grass

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n couch grass European grass spreading rapidly by creeping rhizomes; naturalized in North America as a weed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Couch grass (Bot) See Quitch grass.
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Usage

In literature:

The sweetest-scented grasses lined her bower where other soft, furry pelts made hers the downiest couch in all the jungle.
"The Son of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
A grassy couch would be much pleasanter for him, and there is grass where we left the Primus stove.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
A woven grass hammock swung from the poles, and a number of cowhides were laid like a couch.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
The antelopes might have been there, resting themselves under the shade, and taking advantage of the fine grass to couch upon.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
Their hounds lay couching, slim and neat; A spotted circle in the grass.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Splendid results have been obtained by sowing artificial grasses, such as Paspalum dilatatum, Rhodes, Prairie, Guinea, and Giant Couch grasses.
"Australia The Dairy Country" by Australia Department of External Affairs
On her own dunghill her own usages had a tenacity of life such as is seen in certain weeds (couch-grass, for instance).
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
She couches in the deep grass of the abbey ruins, and gathers in picturesque groups beneath castle walls.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
The raffia hammock, almost the equivalent of the natural network of the couch-grass, scarcely disturbs the burying-process.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
The brand had fallen on a heap of withered grass which had formerly been Grom's couch.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The women brought in armloads of grass for a couch and decorated it with wild-flowers.
"The Test Colony" by Winston Marks
Indeed, I am sure that it is a Couch-grass, if the plants I there saw came from her seed.
"Cottage Economy" by William Cobbett
The grass seemed an inviting couch, and very gently he let her from him.
"A Transient Guest" by Edgar Saltus
The rock is still warm, and I will strew the grass of our hills as a couch for you.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
At present Couch-Grass is collected chiefly in Europe.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
One of them ate soup and bread, and throve like couch-grass.
"Six Women and the Invasion" by Gabrielle Yerta
He then collected some grass that grew outside and prepared himself a new couch, in the place of the old one.
"Ekkehard. Vol. II (of II)." by Joseph Victor Scheffel
Then he threw himself upon a couch of dried bracken and grass, and was soon fast asleep.
"The Last of the Vikings" by John Bowling
After a supper of fruit and roasted yams, Harry lay down on his couch of grass and fell into a dreamless sleep.
"Harry Milvaine" by Gordon Stables
He had red hair, planted in his head like couch grass, and on his nose he wore a pair of gold-rimmed spectacles.
"The Strand Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 161, May 1904" by Various
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In poetry:

And all the world
Is lad and lass,
A blue sky
And a couch of grass.
"Summer Songs" by Richard Le Gallienne
Only a thin smoke without flame
From the heaps of couch-grass;
Yet this will go onward the same
Though Dynasties pass.
"In Time Of 'The Breaking Of Nations'" by Thomas Hardy
Tufts, follicles, grubstake
biennial rosettes, a low-
life beach-blond scruff of
couch grass: notwithstanding
the interglinting dregs
"Vacant Lot With Pokeweed" by Amy Clampitt
Couch by his side upon the grass and set your
white teeth in his throat
And when you hear his dying note lash your
long flanks of polished brass
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Stay yet awhile, oh flowers!—oh wandering grasses,
And creeping ferns, and climbing, clinging vines;—
Bend down and cover with lush odorous masses
My darling's couch, where he in sleep reclines.
"Written in a Cemetary" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

An outdoor fire that destroyed two old couches and burned some grass on Erie's east side Thursday afternoon was set deliberately by a Harborcreek Township man who said he wanted to see Erie firefighters in action, investigators said.
Couch grass black with swamp.
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