Hypertext Webster Gateway: "grass"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

(1.) Heb. hatsir, ripe grass fit for mowing (1 Kings 18:5; Job
40:15; Ps. 104:14). As the herbage rapidly fades under the
scorching sun, it is used as an image of the brevity of human
life (Isa. 40:6, 7; Ps. 90:5). In Num. 11:5 this word is
rendered "leeks."

(2.) Heb. deshe', green grass (Gen. 1:11, 12; Isa. 66:14;
Deut. 32:2). "The sickly and forced blades of grass which spring
up on the flat plastered roofs of houses in the East are used as
an emblem of speedy destruction, because they are small and
weak, and because, under the scorching rays of the sun, they
soon wither away" (2 Kings 19:26; Ps. 129:6; Isa. 37:27).

The dry stalks of grass were often used as fuel for the oven
(Matt. 6:30; 13:30; Luke 12:28).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ray grass \Ray" grass`\, [Etymol. of ray is uncertain.] (Bot.)
A perennial European grass ({Lolium perenne}); -- called also
{rye grass}, and {red darnel}. See {Darnel}, and {Grass}.

{Italian} {ray, or rye}, {grass}. See {Darnel}, and {Grass}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Grass \Grass\, n. [OE. gras, gres, gers, AS, gr[ae]s, g[ae]rs;
akin to OFries. gres, gers, OS., D., G., Icel., & Goth. gras,
Dan. gr[ae]s, Sw. gr[aum]s, and prob. to E. green, grow. Cf.
1. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute the food
of cattle and other beasts; pasture.

2. (Bot.) An endogenous plant having simple leaves, a stem
generally jointed and tubular, the husks or glumes in
pairs, and the seed single.

Note: This definition includes wheat, rye, oats, barley,
etc., and excludes clover and some other plants which
are commonly called by the name of grass. The grasses
form a numerous family of plants.

3. The season of fresh grass; spring. [Colloq.]

Two years old next grass. --Latham.

4. Metaphorically used for what is transitory.

Surely the people is grass. --Is. xl. 7.

Note: The following list includes most of the grasses of the
United States of special interest, except cereals. Many
of these terms will be found with definitions in the
Vocabulary. See Illustrations in Appendix.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Grass \Grass\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Grassed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To cover with grass or with turf.

2. To expose, as flax, on the grass for bleaching, etc.

3. To bring to the grass or ground; to land; as, to grass a
fish. [Colloq.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Grass \Grass\, v. i.
To produce grass. [R.] --Tusser.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture
for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
2: a strong-smelling plant from whose dried leaves a number of
euphoriant and hallucinogenic drugs are prepared [syn: {marijuana},
{marihuana}, {ganja}, {pot}, {dope}, {weed}, {gage}, {sess},
{sens}, {skunk}, {Mary-Jane}, {Cannabis sativa}]
3: German writer of novels and poetry and plays (born 1927)
[syn: {Grass}, {Gunter Grass}, {Gunter Wilhelm Grass}]
4: animal food for browsing or grazing [syn: {eatage}, {forage},
{pasture}, {pasturage}]
5: a soft drug consisting of the dried leaves of the hemp
plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect [syn: {cannabis},
{marijuana}, {ganja}, {pot}, {marihuana}, {dope}, {weed},
{gage}, {sess}, {sens}, {smoke}, {skunk}, {Mary Jane}]
v 1: shoot down, of birds
2: cover with grass, as of a piece of land
3: spread out clothes on the grass to let it dry and bleach
4: cover with grass [syn: {grass over}]
5: feed with grass
6: give away information about somebody; "He told on his
classmate who had cheated on the exam" [syn: {denounce}, {tell
on}, {betray}, {give away}, {rat}, {peach}, {shit}, {shop},
{snitch}, {stag}]

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