from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The bur-reed, Sparganium ramosum.
  • noun Any one of the grasses called reeds, and of some others, commonly smaller, of similar habit. See phrases.
  • noun See Indian grass .
  • noun Any grass of the genus Calamagrostis: often with a qualifier, as Langsdorff's reed-grass. See bluejoint-grass, sand-grass, 4, and yellow-top, 2. Compare reed-bent, 2.
  • noun See canary-grass.


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  • The intent of the plan is to restore the native reed-grass prairie that dominated the city's landscape before the arrival of Europeans hundreds of years ago, Ms. Ballard says.

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  • He heard Charlie rustle in the reeds behind him, cracking the roots and razor-sharp blades of the reed-grass in order to peer through and find the well-camouflaged oysters in the mud.

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  • Passing through the thin edging of reed-grass, I stepped into the shallow water and felt my feet sink into the deep mud, which gurgled hungrily and sent little lines of bubbles up to the surface.

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  • On one side, the nearer dykes dividing the fields showed up a dull white in the semi-darkness; while on the other, beyond a narrow fringe of swaying reed-grass, ran the broad dark river.

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  • At the close of the eighteenth century the second church itself was threatened by the same peril; the planting of reed-grass was not then understood as a means of binding the sand.

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  • I was not long in suspense, for the hedge in front rustled (a thing that well-trained hedges do not do), and I knew that it was another long line of high reed-grass.

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  • You mean the common reed-grass, no doubt; it is not yet in flower, but you will see it in August and September.

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  • Loosing Dolk, and tightening the buckles of his snow-shoes, he set to work to stalk the animal, and eventually sighted it browsing on a clump of reed-grass that grew on the bank of a mountain stream.


  • A few trees, chiefly birch and larch, dotted about the reed-grass afforded a delightful shade from the fierce heat of the short summer sun; and birds of all sorts, whose singing was a source of the keenest delight to Ivan and his sisters, made their homes in them.


  • He lived with his mother and two sisters in a pretty house about a kös from Shiganska, and facing it was a level stretch of reed-grass terminating in the hemlock-covered banks of the Petchora.



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