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cheat grass Syllabification: cheat grass
(also cheatgrass)

Definition of cheat grass in English:


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, in particular B. tectorum
Example sentences
  • 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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