cheatgrass

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Etymology[edit]

From cheat +‎ grass (reputedly because farmers felt cheated when wheat yields were lower because of cheatgrass invading their fields).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtʃiːtɡɹɑːs/

Noun[edit]

cheatgrass (plural cheatgrasses)

  1. Bromus tectorum, drooping brome, native to Europe, thought to create an ecology prone to annual fires in many US areas.

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Quotations[edit]

  • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 98:
    It took maybe nine or ten years more of westward drift, over the rolling prairie, through the cheatgrass, the sage grouse exploding skyward [...]