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sour grass

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Definition of sour grass in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Grass which is coarse, unpalatable, or of very low nutritional value.
Example sentences
  • Charged with vagrancy, he was sentenced to 90 days working in the Pipemaker Swamp, shuffling the overgrown roadsides, rooting out sour grass, guards with guns spread out, bored, along the line, muttering insinuations.
  • What the pastoralists don't realise is that buffel will take over totally in their richest areas, and they will just have this sour grass that cattle won't really do that well on.
  • At that time, this area was known as the Zuurveld, after the sour grasses that dominate the terrain.

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