1. Seizing; embracing; catching.
2. Avaricious; greedy of gain; covetous; close; miserly; as, he is a grasping man. Grasp"ing*ly, adv.
(Grasp"less), a. Without a grasp; relaxed.
From my graspless hand Drop friendship's precious pearls.Coleridge.
(Grass) n. [OE. gras, gres, gers, AS, græs, gærs; akin to OFries. gres, gers, OS., D., G., Icel.,
& Goth. gras, Dan. græs, Sw. gräs, and prob. to E. green, grow. Cf. Graze.]
1. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute the food of cattle and other beasts; pasture.
2. (Bot.) An endogenous plant having simple leaves, a stem generally jointed and tubular, the husks or
glumes in pairs, and the seed single.
This definition includes wheat, rye, oats, barley, etc., and excludes clover and some other plants which
are commonly called by the name of grass. The grasses form a numerous family of plants.
3. The season of fresh grass; spring. [Colloq.]
Two years old next grass.Latham.
4. Metaphorically used for what is transitory.
Surely the people is grass.Is. xl. 7.
The following list includes most of the grasses of the United States of special interest, except cereals.
Many of these terms will be found with definitions in the Vocabulary. See Illustrations in Appendix.
Barnyard grass, for hay. South. Panicum Grus- galli.
Bent, pasture and hay. Agrostis, several species.
Bermuda grass, pasture. South. Cynodon Dactylon.
Black bent. Same as Switch grass
Blue bent, hay. North and West. Andropogon provincialis.
Blue grass, pasture. Poa compressa.
Blue joint, hay. Northwest. Aqropyrum glaucum.
Buffalo grass, grazing. Rocky Mts., etc. (a) Buchloë dectyloides. (b) Same as Grama grass
Bunch grass, grazing. Far West. Eriocoma, Festuca, Stips, etc.
Chess, or Cheat, a weed. Bromus secalinus, etc.
Couch grass. Same as Quick grass
Crab grass, (a) Hay, in South. A weed, in North. Panicum sanguinale. (b) Pasture and hay. South.
Darnel (a) Bearded, a noxious weed. Lolium temulentum. (b) Common. Same as Rye grass