grass tree

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grass tree gaunt Tasmanian evergreen shrubby tree with slender tapering leaves 3 to 5 feet long
    • n grass tree any of several Australian evergreen perennials having short thick woody stems crowned by a tuft of grasslike foliage and yielding acaroid resins
    • n grass tree elegant tree having either a single trunk or a branching trunk each with terminal clusters of long narrow leaves and large panicles of fragrant white, yellow or red flowers; New Zealand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Greenland has more ice on it than Iceland does. In fact, Iceland has more grass and trees than Greenland does.
    • Grass tree (Bot) An Australian plant of the genus Xanthorrhœa, having a thick trunk crowned with a dense tuft of pendulous, grasslike leaves, from the center of which arises a long stem, bearing at its summit a dense flower spike looking somewhat like a large cat-tail. These plants are often called “blackboys” from the large trunks denuded and blackened by fire. They yield two kinds of fragrant resin, called Botany-bay gum, and Gum Acaroides.
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Usage

In literature:

I noticed below the well a large mound, grass-grown, with an apple-tree growing on its very top.
"The Bay State Monthly, Vol. 1, Issue 1." by Various
The grass, the trees, the water, the sky, and the houses were all painted in their proper colors.
"Biographical Stories" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Rolling hills of green grass and clumps of trees here and there.
"Dorothy's Mystical Adventures in Oz" by Robert J. Evans
From the thorn trees across the tiny grass opening porters were descending, very gingerly, and with lamentations.
"The Leopard Woman" by Stewart Edward White
Then she discovered a green fleck down the road, a different green from the grass and trees.
"Four Girls and a Compact" by Annie Hamilton Donnell
The elder boy laid him on leaves and dry grass at the foot of a tree, and with a heavy heart bade him farewell.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII) Old Portraits, Modern Sketches, Personal Sketches and Tributes, Historical Papers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The elder boy laid him on leaves and dry grass at the foot of a tree, and with a heavy heart bade him farewell.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The little wild animals scurried through the grass or ran up trees.
"The Rock of Chickamauga" by Joseph A. Altsheler
These waters were bordered by well-grown trees, and the plains were covered with good grass.
"Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia" by Thomas Mitchell
It's quite clean and quiet, and has shade-trees and little grass plots to some of the houses.
"A Flock of Girls and Boys" by Nora Perry
The soil was a sandy loam, thinly timbered with small box-trees and scanty grass.
"Journals of Australian Explorations" by A C and F T Gregory
Now it came to pass that the captain of this ship sighted a strange island, whereon were grass and trees, very pleasant to the eyes.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol. I" by Various
Paul then heaped together dried grass and branches, and set fire to the palm tree, which soon fell to the ground.
"Paul and Virginia" by Bernadin de Saint-Pierre
Green grass or branches from trees are better than nothing.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the" by War Department
She had been "wishing horridly for fields and trees and grass" for some time past; on June 16, 1831, they were all back again in England.
"Lady John Russell"
He darted across the grass, and with a whisk of eager tail disappeared behind a clump of trees.
"The Port of Adventure" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Far and wide there are no trees, no shrubs or grass to be seen.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
The trees and grass are always green.
"History of Negro Soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and Other Items of Interest" by Edward A. Johnson
Of the grass or rushes which grow at the top of the tree, they make torches, named Boo-do.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 2" by David Collins
The common bush or scrub consists of trees and saplings, where little grass is to be found.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
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In poetry:

For every tree that stood there,
And the green grass every blade,
Shrivelled and died on every side,
Whenever the price was paid.
"The Ballad of Lost Souls" by John Oxenham
The same kind trees will sing to me
Day after day, night after night.
The wind that wanders in the grass
Will bring no tidings of the fight.
"The Last Billet" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
And where the gullies would have been,
Near by he planted trees;
Then there the grass grew bright and green,
And there would play the breeze.
"Joe's Farm" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
The Rothay sang; there came to me
One murmur of its gentlest wave;
The sunshine fell on grass and tree,
And at my feet was Wordsworth's grave.
"Grasmere" by Alexander Anderson
An oak-tree wrestling on the hill,
And the wind wailing in the grass--
And life will strive with many an ill
For many a weary day ere it pass--
"The Rain It Raineth" by Thomas MacDonagh
Beneath a pear tree's shade I lay,
Deep bedded in the long thick grass,
And heard the twitt'ring swallow pass,
And grasshoppers at endless play.
"Echoes Of Spring" by Mathilde Blind

In news:

Grass-roots effort plants tree- filled 'pocket park' in Chattanooga's Southside.
All the rainfall has made for greener trees and grass, but it's not so good for Ardmore's aging storm systems.
Lots of turf grass, a concrete square in the backyard that served as a porch and a dead silver maple tree in the front yard.
Fake grass may be a genuine solution for protecting trees from a hard life.
Trees and grass still need water this time of year.
Grass-roots effort plants tree-filled 'pocket park' in Chattanooga's Southside.
Fence rows were ripped up and plowed over, trees cut down and the surrounding grasses torn up.
The stunning back yard includes a plethora of trees, green grass and a private pond.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. A tractor trailer driver had to be taken to the hospital Wednesday night, after being hit by a tree limb .
Residents who plant trees, shrubs and grass that are native to the region and do not require much water to live, qualify for rebates up to 50 percent, not to exceed $500.
Trees and grasses--which together account for about 40 percent of plant allergies--generally produce pollen during the spring and summer.
40 pm after a snapped tree top knocked down a power line , sparking the grass fire, according to a department spokesperson.
Knowlton said removing the trees and allowing the remaining debris to re-fertilize the soil is one step in the process of encouraging native seed growth to begin before plants like cheat grass can take hold.
The heavy winds Saturday fanned grass fires, knocked off tree limbs severely damaged a large steel building in Colorado Springs.
There are two reasons why you should not let grass grow right next to tree trunks .
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In science:

Each scene should be segmented into three segments: K = {sky , trees, grass}.
Modelling Distributed Shape Priors by Gibbs Random Fields of Second Order
We have annotated these images at a pixel-level considering 10 different classes (C=10): tree trunk, light poles, shadow on grass, grass, road, white line on road, shadow on road, leaves, sky, and white regions on sky.
Discriminative Probabilistic Prototype Learning
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