grasses; grassed; grassing

That short green stuff all over the front lawn is grass. What could be better than lying in the grass on a summer afternoon, gazing up at puffy clouds in a blue sky?

The word grass goes back to a root that means "green." You're probably familiar with the grass in back yards and city parks. There's also the grass that covers pastures, meant for cows and sheep to graze on, and the grass of grasslands, growing wild on every continent except Antarctica. If you express envy, you may hear the phrase, "The grass is always greener on the other side." In other words, somehow other people's lives always seem better.

Definitions of grass
  1. noun
    narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
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    beach grass
    tough grasses with strong roots that can grow on exposed sandy shores
    bunch grass, bunchgrass
    any of various grasses of many genera that grow in tufts or clumps rather than forming a sod or mat; chiefly of western United States
    any of various grasses of moderate height which covered the undisturbed prairie in the United States; includes most of the forage grasses of the temperate zone
    short-grass, shortgrass
    any of various grasses that are short and can tolerate drought conditions; common on the dry upland plains just east of the Rocky Mountains
    sword grass
    any of various grasses or sedges having sword-shaped leaves with sharp edges
    tall-grass, tallgrass
    any of various grasses that are tall and that flourish with abundant moisture
    lemon grass, lemongrass
    a tropical grass native to India and Sri Lanka
    Aegilops triuncalis, goat grass
    European grass naturalized as a weed in North America; sharp-pointed seeds cause injury when eaten by livestock
    wheat-grass, wheatgrass
    a grass of the genus Agropyron
    bent, bent grass, bent-grass
    grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens
    broom grass
    any of several grasses of the genus Andropogon; used in broom making
    Arrhenatherum elatius, French rye, evergreen grass, false oat, tall meadow grass, tall oat grass
    coarse perennial Eurasian grass resembling oat; found on roadside verges and rough grassland and in hay meadows; introduced in North America for forage
    brome, bromegrass
    any of various woodland and meadow grasses of the genus Bromus; native to temperate regions
    grama, grama grass, gramma, gramma grass
    pasture grass of plains of South America and western North America
    Buchloe dactyloides, buffalo grass
    short grass growing on dry plains of central United States (where buffalo roam)
    reed grass
    any of various tall perennial grasses of the genus Calamagrostis having feathery plumes; natives of marshland fens and wet woodlands of temperate northern hemisphere
    bur grass, burgrass
    a grass of the genus Cenchrus
    Cenchrus tribuloides, field sandbur, sandbur, sandspur
    grass of the eastern United States and tropical America having spikelets enclosed in prickly burs
    finger grass
    any grass of the genus Chloris; occurs in short grassland especially on waste ground or poor soils
    Cortaderia selloana, pampas grass
    tall perennial grass of pampas of South America having silvery plumes and growing in large dense clumps
    Arundo richardii, Cortaderia richardii, plumed tussock, toe toe, toetoe
    tall grass of New Zealand grown for plumelike flower heads
    Bahama grass, Bermuda grass, Cynodon dactylon, devil grass, doob, kweek, scutch grass, star grass
    trailing grass native to Europe now cosmopolitan in warm regions; used for lawns and pastures especially in southern United States and India
    Cynodon plectostachyum, giant star grass
    perennial grass having stems 3 to 4 feet high; used especially in Africa and India for pasture and hay
    Dactylis glomerata, cocksfoot, cockspur, orchard grass
    widely grown stout Old World hay and pasture grass
    crab grass, crabgrass, finger grass
    grasses with creeping stems that root freely; a pest in lawns
    lyme grass
    a grass of the genus Elymus
    wild rye
    any of several grasses of the genus Elymus
    bay grass, love grass
    any of various grasses of the genus Eragrostis; specially useful for forage and for the prevention of erosion
    plume grass
    a reedlike grass of the genus Erianthus having large plumes
    Festuca elatior, fescue, fescue grass, meadow fescue
    grass with wide flat leaves cultivated in Europe and America for permanent pasture and hay and for lawns
    Festuca ovina, sheep fescue, sheep's fescue
    cultivated for sheep pasturage in upland regions or used as a lawn grass
    silver grass
    of Australia and New Zealand
    Holcus lanatus, Yorkshire fog, velvet grass
    tall European perennial grass having a velvety stem; naturalized in United States and used for forage
    Holcus mollis, creeping soft grass
    European perennial grass with soft velvety foliage
    rye grass, ryegrass
    any of several annual or perennial Eurasian grasses
    Muhlenbergia schreberi, nimble Will, nimblewill
    slender branching American grass of some value for grazing in central United States
    Paspalum dilatatum, dallis grass, dallisgrass, paspalum
    tall tufted perennial tropical American grass naturalized as pasture and forage grass in southern United States
    Bahia grass, Paspalum notatum
    perennial tropical American grass used as pasture grass in arid areas of the Gulf States
    Paspalum distichum, knotgrass
    low-growing weedy grass with spikelets along the leaf stems
    Pennisetum ruppelii, Pennisetum setaceum, fountain grass
    tall perennial ornamental grass with long nodding flower plumes of tropical Africa and Asia
    Pennistum villosum, feathertop, feathertop grass
    northeastern tropical African plant having feathery panicles
    Phalaris arundinacea, gardener's garters, lady's laces, reed canary grass, ribbon grass
    perennial grass of marshy meadows and ditches having broad leaves; Europe and North America
    Phalaris canariensis, birdseed grass, canary grass
    Canary Islands grass; seeds used as feed for caged birds
    Harding grass, Phalaris aquatica, Phalaris tuberosa, hardinggrass, toowomba canary grass
    perennial grass of Australia and South Africa; introduced in North America as forage grass
    Phleum pratense, herd's grass, timothy
    grass with long cylindrical spikes grown in northern United States and Europe for hay
    blue grass, bluegrass
    any of various grasses of the genus Poa
    meadow grass, meadowgrass
    any of various grasses that thrive in the presence of abundant moisture
    Saccharum bengalense, Saccharum munja, munj, munja
    tough Asiatic grass whose culms are used for ropes and baskets
    Andropogon furcatus, Andropogon gerardii, blue stem, bluestem
    tall grass with smooth bluish leaf sheaths grown for hay in the United States
    cord grass, cordgrass
    any of several perennial grasses of the genus Spartina; some important as coastal soil binders
    drop-seed, dropseed
    a grass of the genus Sporobolus
    rush grass, rush-grass
    grass having wiry stems and sheathed panicles
    St. Augustine grass, Stenotaphrum secundatum, buffalo grass
    low mat-forming grass of southern United States and tropical America; grown as a lawn grass
    cereal, cereal grass
    grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet
    any of several creeping grasses of the genus Zoysia
    Agropyron cristatum, crested wheat grass, crested wheatgrass, fairway crested wheat grass
    Eurasian grass grown in United States great plains area for forage and erosion control
    Agropyron repens, couch grass, dog grass, quack grass, quackgrass, quick grass, witch grass, witchgrass
    European grass spreading rapidly by creeping rhizomes; naturalized in North America as a weed
    Agropyron subsecundum, bearded wheatgrass
    a wheatgrass with straight terminal awns on the flowering glumes
    Agropyron smithii, bluestem wheatgrass, western wheatgrass
    valuable forage grass of western United States
    Agropyron intermedium, Elymus hispidus, intermediate wheatgrass
    Asiatic grass introduced into United States rangelands for pasture and fodder
    Agropyron pauciflorum, Agropyron trachycaulum, Elymus trachycaulos, slender wheatgrass
    North American grass cultivated in western United States as excellent forage crop
    Agrostis canina, Rhode Island bent, brown bent, dog bent, velvet bent, velvet bent grass
    common grass with slender stems and narrow leaves
    Agrostis nebulosa, cloud grass
    Spanish grass with light feathery panicles grown for dried bouquets
    Agrostis palustris, creeping bent, creeping bentgrass
    common pasture or lawn grass spread by long runners
    foxtail, foxtail grass
    grasses of the genera Alopecurus and Setaria having dense silky or bristly brushlike flowering spikes
    Andropogon virginicus, broom sedge
    tall tufted grass of southeastern United States
    annual grass of Europe and North Africa; grains used as food and fodder (referred to primarily in the plural: `oats')
    Bromus inermis, awnless bromegrass
    drought-resistant perennial with awns lacking or very short and long creeping rhizomes; Europe and temperate Asia
    Bromus secalinus, cheat, chess
    weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat
    Bromus tectorum, cheatgrass, downy brome, downy bromegrass, downy cheat, downy chess, drooping brome
    annual or winter annual grass with softly hairy leaves of the Mediterranean
    Bromus arvensis, field brome
    annual grass of Europe and temperate Asia
    Bromus japonicus, Japanese brome, Japanese chess
    grass of Mediterranean and temperate Asia
    Bouteloua gracilis, blue grama
    a pasture grass of western North America
    Bouteloua eriopoda, black grama
    a pasture grass (especially of western coastal regions of North America)
    Calamagrostis acutiflora, feather reed grass, feathertop
    a variety of reed grass
    Australian reed grass, Calamagrostic quadriseta
    tall Australian reedlike grass sometimes used for hay
    Cenchrus ciliaris, Pennisetum cenchroides, buffel grass
    erect tussock-forming perennial bur grass used particularly in South Africa and Australia for pasture and forage
    Chloris gayana, Rhodes grass
    perennial grass of South Africa introduced into United States; cultivated as forage grass in dry regions
    Chloris truncata, creeping windmill grass, star grass, windmill grass
    perennial Australian grass having numerous long spikes arranged like the vanes of a windmill
    Dactyloctenium aegypticum, Egyptian grass, crowfoot grass
    a creeping grass with spikes like fingers
    Digitaria ischaemum, smooth crabgrass
    a weed
    Digitaria sanguinalis, hairy finger grass, large crabgrass
    a European forage grass grown for hay; a naturalized weed in United States
    Elymus condensatus, Leymus condensatus, giant ryegrass
    stout perennial grass of western North America
    Elymus arenarius, European dune grass, Leymus arenaria, sea lyme grass
    a dune grass of the Pacific seacoast used as a sand binder
    Canada wild rye, Elymus canadensis
    North American wild rye
    Elymus caput-medusae, medusa's head
    weedy rye grass having long bristling awns
    Eragrostic abyssinica, Eragrostis tef, teff, teff grass
    an African grass economically important as a cereal grass (yielding white flour of good quality) as well as for forage and hay
    African love grass, Eragrostis curvula, weeping love grass
    perennial South African grass having densely clumped flimsy stems; introduced into United States especially for erosion control
    Erianthus ravennae, Ravenna grass, wool grass
    grass often cultivated for its long white-ribbed leaves and large plumes resembling those of pampas grass
    manna grass, sweet grass
    any of several moisture-loving grasses of the genus Glyceria having sweet flavor or odor
    a plant cultivated since prehistoric times, grown for forage and grain
    English ryegrass, Lolium perenne, perennial ryegrass
    European perennial grass widely cultivated for pasture and hay and as a lawn grass
    Italian rye, Italian ryegrass, Lolium multiflorum
    European grass much used for hay and in United States also for turf and green manure
    Lolium temulentum, bearded darnel, cheat, darnel, tare
    weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous
    annual or perennial rhizomatous marsh grasses; seed used for food; straw used for paper
    rice grass, ricegrass
    any grass of the genus Oryzopsis
    Pennisetum Americanum, Pennisetum glaucum, bulrush millet, cattail millet, pearl millet
    tall grass having cattail like spikes; grown in Africa and Asia for its grain and in the United States chiefly for forage; sometimes used in making beer
    June grass, Kentucky blue, Kentucky bluegrass, Kentucy blue grass, Poa pratensis
    valuable meadow and pasture grass in Europe and especially central United States having tall stalks and slender bright green leaves; a chief constituent in lawn grass mixtures
    Agrostis alba, Poa nemoralis, wood meadowgrass
    slender European grass of shady places; grown also in northeastern America and temperate Asia
    Andropogon scoparius, Schizachyrium scoparium, broom beard grass, prairie grass, wire grass
    handsome hardy North American grass with foliage turning pale bronze in autumn
    Secale cereale, rye
    hardy annual cereal grass widely cultivated in northern Europe where its grain is the chief ingredient of black bread and in North America for forage and soil improvement
    any of various small-grained annual cereal and forage grasses of the genera Panicum, Echinochloa, Setaria, Sorghum, and Eleusine
    Spartina cynosuroides, salt reed grass
    tall reedlike grass common in salt meadows
    Spartina pectinmata, freshwater cordgrass, prairie cordgrass, slough grass
    North American cordgrass having leaves with dry membranous margins and glumes with long awns
    Sporobolus poiretii, blackseed, carpet grass, smut grass
    grass native to West Indies but common in southern United States having tufted wiry stems often infested with a dark fungus
    Sporobolus cryptandrus, sand dropseed
    erect smooth grass of sandy places in eastern North America
    a cereal grass
    annual or biennial grass having erect flower spikes and light brown grains
    Indian corn, Zea mays, corn, maize
    tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times
    (Great Britain) any of various cereal plants (especially the dominant crop of the region--wheat in Great Britain or oats in Scotland and Ireland)
    Zizania aquatica, wild rice
    perennial aquatic grass of North America bearing grain used for food
    Japanese carpet grass, Manila grass, Zoysia matrella
    lawn grass common in the Philippines; grown also in United States
    Japanese lawn grass, Korean lawn grass, Zoysia japonica
    lawn grass common in China and Japan; grown also in United States
    Korean velvet grass, Zoysia tenuifolia, mascarene grass
    Asiatic creeping perennial grass; introduced in southern United States as a drought-resistant lawn grass
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    graminaceous plant, gramineous plant
    cosmopolitan herbaceous or woody plants with hollow jointed stems and long narrow leaves
  2. noun
    bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle
    synonyms: eatage, forage, pasturage, pasture
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    coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop
  3. verb
    cover with grass
    “The owners decided to grass their property”
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    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  4. verb
    cover with grass
    synonyms: grass over
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    cover, spread over
    form a cover over
  5. verb
    feed with grass
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    crop, graze, pasture
    let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
  6. noun
    a police informer who implicates many people
    synonyms: supergrass
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    betrayer, blabber, informer, rat, squealer
    one who reveals confidential information in return for money
  7. verb
    give away information about somebody
    synonyms: betray, denounce, give away, rat, shop, snitch, stag, tell on
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    sell out
    give information that compromises others
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    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  8. noun
    street names for marijuana
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    cannabis, ganja, marihuana, marijuana
    the most commonly used illicit drug; considered a soft drug, it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect
  9. verb
    shoot down, of birds
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    hit, pip, shoot
    hit with a missile from a weapon
  10. verb
    spread out clothes on the grass to let it dry and bleach
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    open, spread, spread out, unfold
    spread out or open from a closed or folded state
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