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
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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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