Rot-grass

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Rot-grass the soft grass: the butterwort: the penny-rot
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rotian, pa.p. rotod; cf. Ice. rotinn, putrid.

Usage

In literature:

It was clearly disused, for masses of rotting leaves covered it, and by the feel of it underfoot it was grass-grown.
"Greenmantle" by John Buchan
Into this inclosure dry grasses and dead vines are continually placed to absorb and become rotted by the liquids.
"The Bontoc Igorot" by Albert Ernest Jenks
They climbed in silence, using a little-travelled woods-road, scarce more than two deep, grass-grown ruts, full of rotting stumps.
"The Power and the Glory" by Grace MacGowan Cooke
The sandbags of the English works have now rotted, and flag about like the rags of uniform or like withered grass.
"The Old Front Line" by John Masefield
The grass is cut out of season; is cured negligently, very likely is exposed to rain; and then piled up to mold and rot.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884." by Various
Some of the cut grass looks as if it were Flax spread out to rot, and all of it evinces a want of shelter.
"Glances at Europe" by Horace Greeley
Storm, death, the grass rotting, many sicknesses, those are the messengers that came to me.
"The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays" by William B. Yeats
Ride on and leave me to rot here in the grass.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
The spring sod, half rotted and loosened from the grass roots, furnished the best lodgment.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
The creek no longer kept within its banks but spread in shallow pools, the rotting trees were giving place to tall grass and reeds.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
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In poetry:

Is there blessing? Light's peculiar grace
In cold splendour robes this tortured place
For strange marriage. Voices in the wind
Weave a garland where a mortal sinned.
Winter rots you; who is there to blame?
The new grass shall purge you in its flame.
"Song at the Year's Turning" by R S Thomas

In news:

The seven antebellum-style buildings that make up the Gentilly campus have sat empty since Hurricane Katrina, rotting from the inside as the grass surrounding them grew into a waist-high jungle.
In those swamps where flooding is the way of things, the leaves, grass, limbs and anything else are swept away long before they can think about rotting.
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