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  • The ridge subsided, but there were a number of in - lual rocks in this vicinity, and they served as well, and on the trail went, meandering past a routine llisortment of Xanth horrors: a needle-cactus, the nest of a harpy, a poison spring, a man-eating violent flower - -fortunately Smash had been no man, but an ogre, so the flower had turned purple in frustration-a patch of spear-grass with its speartips glinting evilly.

    Falcon Street

  • Sand-dunes are partially covered with spear-grass, behind which are creepers and shrubs or trees, such as jhao Tamarix troupii, palita Erythrina variegata and kulsi Aegiceras corniculatus.

    Sundarbans National Park, India

  • Add fern and tutu, and for the back country, spear-grass and Irishman, and we have summed up such prevalent plants as strike the eye.

    A First Year in Canterbury Settlement

  • There is one beast of a plant they call spear-grass, or spaniard, which I will tell you more about at another time.

    A First Year in Canterbury Settlement

  • It is sometimes called spear-grass, and grows to about the size of a mole-hill, all over the back country everywhere, as thick as mole-hills in a very mole-hilly field at home.

    A First Year in Canterbury Settlement

  • Yea, and to tickle our noses with spear-grass to make them bleed, and then to beslubber our garments with it and swear it was the blood of true men.

    The first part of King Henry the Fourth

  • When at length the boy proceeded to take my stockings off it was found that they were practically sewn to my skin by the spear-grass, the tiny barbed points of which had passed in hundreds through the wool and worked like fish-hooks into my calves.

    Life and sport in China Second Edition

  • Not having any with me, and believing I knew what spear-grass was, I refrained from borrowing, so that on landing at Nantou with my dog and gun, it was in an ordinary shooting suit and worsted stockings.

    Life and sport in China Second Edition

  • Before leaving Ichang for a trip to the Yangtse gorges I expressed my intention of trying to get some of those beautiful Reeves pheasants, having tails several feet in length, which are indigenous to that locality, but was warned that it would be necessary to take long leggings as a protection against spear-grass.

    Life and sport in China Second Edition

  • It was a ridiculous position, and tired, sore from the spear-grass, and annoyed as I was, I could not refrain from a hearty laugh at our predicament before attempting to extricate my unhappy quadruped; this I succeeded in doing with some difficulty, and found him, with the exception of some few scratches, quite unhurt.

    Five Years in New Zealand 1859 to 1864


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