from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the southwestern United States and Mexico: One of several grasses useful for hay, especially Epicampes macroura and species of Sporobolus; specifically, Sporobolus Wrightii, which in Arizona and New Mexico yields a hay valued in lieu of better for horses and mules. It grows in great clumps, producing a largo amount of coarse, tough stems and leaves.
  • noun Same as broom-root.
  • noun Same as fine-top salt-grass .

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  • noun Alternative spelling of sacaton.


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  • The posse lay down in the zacaton and waited for morning.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine 1912

  • The dusty miles spun out behind them as they covered white sunbaked levels, cut across rough hillsides of rubble, dipped into sandy washes, and wound forward through wastes of cactus and zacaton.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine 1912

  • The last entries were zacate limon, zacaton, zebra grass, and zinyamunga (which meant ` elephant grass, though it sounded like a college yell).

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol III No 1 1976

  • _tornilla_ and _mesquite_, horses and cattle grazing belly-deep in the tall, juicy _zacaton_.

    The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier Edgar Beecher Bronson


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