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n., pl. -ers.
a North American plant, Galium aparine, of the madder family, having short, hooked bristles on the stems and leaves and bearing very small white flowers.Also called goose grass.
[before 1000; Middle English clivre, Old English clife burdock (-re probably by association with Middle English clivres (pl.) claws, or with the agent n. from cleven to cleave1)]
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|Noun||1.||goose grass - annual having the stem beset with curved prickles; North America and Europe and Asia|
bedstraw - any of several plants of the genus Galium
|2.||goose grass - low-growing perennial having leaves silvery beneath; northern United States; Europe; Asia|
|3.||goose grass - annual weedy grass used for hay|
panic grass - any grass of the genus Panicum; grown for grain and fodder
|4.||goose grass - coarse annual grass having fingerlike spikes of flowers; native to Old World tropics; a naturalized weed elsewhere|
millet - any of various small-grained annual cereal and forage grasses of the genera Panicum, Echinochloa, Setaria, Sorghum, and Eleusine