bromegrass

bromegrass
/brohm"gras', -grahs'/, n.
any of numerous grasses of the genus Bromus, having flat blades and open clusters of flower spikelets. Also called brome /brohm/, chess.
[1750-60; < NL Brom(us) genus name ( < Gk brómos oats) + GRASS]

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Any of about 100 annual and perennial species of weeds and forage grasses that make up the genus Bromus, in the family Poaceae (Gramineae).

Found in temperate and cool climates, bromegrasses have flat, thin leaves and open, spreading, erect or drooping flower clusters. More than 40 species are found in the U.S.; about half are native grasses. Rescue grass (B. catharticus), a forage and pasture grass, and smooth brome (B. inermis), a forage plant and soil binder, are the economically important species. Downy brome or cheatgrass (B. tectorum), ripgut grass (B. diandrus), and foxtail brome (B. rubens) are dangerous to grazing animals; their spines can puncture the animals' eyes, mouths, and intestines, leading to infection and possible death.

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plant
 any of approximately 100 annual and perennial species of weeds and forage grasses comprising the genus Bromus (family Poaceae), found in temperate and cool climates. These grasses have flat, thin leaves and open, spreading flower clusters that are erect or drooping. Most are 30 to 100 cm (12 to 40 inches) tall. More than 40 species are found in the United States; about half are native grasses.

      Rescue grass (B. catharticus), a winter annual introduced from South America into the United States as a forage and pasture grass, and smooth brome (B. inermis), a perennial native to Eurasia and introduced into the northern United States as a forage plant and soil binder, are the economically important bromegrasses. The common weed chess (B. secalinus), sometimes known as cheat, is found along roadsides and in grain fields. Downy brome or cheatgrass (B. tectorum), ripgut grass (B. diandrus), and foxtail brome (B. rubens) are dangerous to grazing animals; spines on their spikelets or bracts puncture the animals' eyes, mouths, and intestines, leading to infection and possible death.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • bromegrass — noun Etymology: New Latin Bromus, from Latin bromos oats, from Greek Date: circa 1791 any of a large genus (Bromus) of tall grasses often having drooping spikelets called also brome …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bromegrass — noun Any of various North American grasses, of the genus Bromus, that are used for forage Syn: brome …   Wiktionary

  • bromegrass — brome·grass …   English syllables

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  • Hungarian bromegrass — beginklė dirsuolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Bromopsis inermis), paplitęs Europoje, vakarų Azijoje ir šiaurės Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Bromopsis inermis angl. Austrian bromegrass; awnless brome;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Russian bromegrass — beginklė dirsuolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Bromopsis inermis), paplitęs Europoje, vakarų Azijoje ir šiaurės Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Bromopsis inermis angl. Austrian bromegrass; awnless brome;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • smooth bromegrass — beginklė dirsuolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Bromopsis inermis), paplitęs Europoje, vakarų Azijoje ir šiaurės Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Bromopsis inermis angl. Austrian bromegrass; awnless brome;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • awnless bromegrass — noun drought resistant perennial with awns lacking or very short and long creeping rhizomes; Europe and temperate Asia • Syn: ↑Bromus inermis • Hypernyms: ↑brome, ↑bromegrass * * * noun : a drought resistant perennial bromegrass (Bromus inermis)… …   Useful english dictionary

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