bear grass

bear grass
noun
1. yucca of southern United States having a clump of basal grasslike leaves and a central stalk with a terminal raceme of small whitish flowers
Syn: ↑Yucca smalliana
Hypernyms: ↑yucca
2. yucca of west central United States having a clump of basal grasslike leaves and a central stalk with a terminal raceme of small whitish flowers
Syn: ↑Yucca glauca
Hypernyms: ↑yucca
3. stemless plant with tufts of grasslike leaves and erect panicle of minute creamy white flowers; southwestern United States and Mexico
Syn: ↑Nolina microcarpa
Hypernyms: ↑agave, ↑century plant, ↑American aloe
Member Holonyms: ↑Nolina, ↑genus Nolina
4. plant of western North America having woody rhizomes and tufts of stiff grasslike basal leaves and spikes of creamy white flowers
Hypernyms: ↑liliaceous plant
Member Holonyms: ↑Xerophyllum, ↑genus Xerophyllum

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noun
1. : any of several liliaceous plants chiefly of the southern and western United States that have foliage which resembles coarse blades of grass: as
a. : any of several yuccas (especially Yucca glauca and Y. filamentosa)
b. : sour grass 2
c. : a plant of the genus Nolina native to desert regions of the southwestern United States and Mexico and sometimes cutivated as greenhouse succulents
2.
a. : a needle grass (Stipa setigera)
b. : a bur grass (Cenchrus pauciflorus)

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1. Also called elk grass. a tall, western North American plant, Xerophyllum tenax, of the lily family, having narrow leaves and a dense, broad cluster of tiny white flowers.
2. any of several other plants having linear, grasslike leaves, as those of the genera Nolina and Dasylirion.
[1740-50, Amer.]

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bear grass,
1. any one of various yuccas of the southern and western United States, having grasslike foliage.
2. any one of various plants of the western United States, having somewhat similar foliage, as a species of the camass of Oregon.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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