grama

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish grama (grass), from Latin grāmina, plural of grāmen (grass).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹɑːmə/, /ˈɡɹamə/

Noun[edit]

grama (countable and uncountable, plural gramas)

  1. Various species of grass in the genus Bouteloua, including Bouteloua gracilis
    • 1864: Fitz-Hugh Ludlow in The Atlantic
      To understand the exquisite beauty of simple green grass, you must travel through eight hundred miles of sage-brush and grama...the latter, a stunted species of herbage, growing in ash tinted spirals, only two inches from the ground, and giving the Plains an appearance of being matted with curled hair or gray corkscrews. Its other name is “buffalo grass”; and in spite of its dinginess, with the assistance of the sage, converting all the Plains west of Fort Kearney into a model Quaker landscape, it is one of the most nutritious varieties of cattle fodder, and for hundreds of miles the emigrant drover’s only dependence.
    • 2005, Tom Drury, "Path Lights", in The New Yorker, 17 October 2005
      Every few years, Ingrid goes back to take a look, even though all that’s left is the old bleached shell of a house, surrounded by blue grama grass and tall trees with pale bark and waxy leaves.
    • 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 95:
      The grass was thick around us, grama and bluestem, more than could ever be eaten.

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

grama f

  1. feminine singular of gramo

Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *gramô. Cognate with Old Saxon gramo, Old Saxon gremi, Old High German gramo, Old Norse gremi. Akin also to Old English gram (angry, cruel, fierce), grimm, grim (fierce, savage).

Noun[edit]

grama m (nominative plural graman)

  1. anger, rage; trouble
  2. demonic spirit, devil, demon; imp, puck

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Portuguese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Rhymes: -ama
  • Hyphenation: gra‧ma

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin gramĭna

Noun[edit]

grama f (plural gramas)

  1. grass
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Ancient Greek γράμμα (grámma, a small weight, a scruple), a semantic calque of Latin scripulum.

Noun[edit]

grama m or f (nonstandard) (plural gramas)

  1. gram (unit of mass)
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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin gramĭna

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: gra‧ma

Noun[edit]

grama f (uncountable)

  1. grass (mostly varieties intended for cattle fodder)
  2. lawn