cotton grass


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cotton grass

n.
Any of various sedges of the genus Eriophorum, chiefly of wet places in northern temperate and cold regions and bearing one or more conspicuous tufts of cottony bristles.
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cotton grass

n
(Plants) any of various N temperate and arctic grasslike bog plants of the cyperaceous genus Eriophorum, whose clusters of long silky hairs resemble cotton tufts. Also called: bog cotton
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cot′ton grass`


n.
any rushlike plant constituting the genus Eriophorum, of the sedge family, common in swampy places and bearing spikes resembling tufts of cotton.
[1590–1600]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cotton grass - any sedge of the genus Eriophorumcotton grass - any sedge of the genus Eriophorum; north temperate bog plants with tufted spikes
sedge - grasslike or rushlike plant growing in wet places having solid stems, narrow grasslike leaves and spikelets of inconspicuous flowers
common cotton grass, Eriophorum angustifolium - having densely tufted white cottony or downlike glumes
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Translations

cotton grass

n (Bot) → erioforo
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References in classic literature ?
We found a short valley between rugged tors which led to an open, grassy space flecked over with the white cotton grass. In the middle of it rose two great stones, worn and sharpened at the upper end until they looked like the huge corroding fangs of some monstrous beast.
Blanket bogs have abundant sphagnum mosses and sedges and cotton grass.
The Pennine PEATLIFE project in the last year has included: | 8,000 bags of a mix of heather, sphagnum moss and cotton grass cut, airlifted by helicopter and spread over dried-out peatland by hand, to stimulate the regrowth of vegetation.
It is home to red and black grouse, skylarks, meadow pipits and mountain hares, along with plant species like heather and hare's tail cotton grass and deer grass.
cotton grass In addition to grouse butts nearby moorland has evidence of earlier human activity in the form of crosses and tumuli (burial grounds) and there are all round distant views.
Even though moors are a largely treeless landscape, the vast blanket of thick gorse, heather and dry cotton grass that covers much of this terrain provided plenty of fuel for an unkempt flame, particularly after one of the hottest and driest Junes of recent years.
Cotton grass around Coquet Valley in Northumberland
Yet because flowers are such a persistent ingredient, Jovan has also to admit that it helps to know your kingcups, cotton grass, and yellow flag.
Prof Mark Reed, who led research at BCU, said: "The call of a curlew or cotton grass quivering in the wind are sights many of us may associate with our often solitary, yet beautiful moorland landscape.
"And thanks to the work we've already done to tackle Molinia, we are going to be able to plant more species such as heather, cotton grass and bilberries.