Definition of cheat grass in English:

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[mass noun] chiefly North American
  • A tough wild grass of open land, sometimes growing as a weed among cereal crops and in pasture.
    • Genus Bromus, family Gramineae: several species
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    • Thus, many of America's most aggressive weeds, especially in the temperate zones, come from European origins: dandelions, crabgrass, wild oats, sow thistle, kudzu, tumbleweed, plantain, cheat grass, and many others.
    • These relatively undisturbed areas have shown little invasion by cheat grass and other exotics.
    • I have been informed by a friend the ‘Shenandoah’ is a cheat grass and is very aggressive.


late 18th century: a local word for various wild plants, perhaps from their resemblance to the cereals among which they grew.

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