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grass family

n.
A large family of plants, the Poaceae (or Gramineae), characterized by usually hollow stems, sheath-forming leaves in two longitudinal rows, and minute flowers arranged in spikelets. The grasses include food plants such as wheat, rice, corn, barley, oats, and sorghum and also plants used for turf, fodder, and shelter.

grass′ fam`ily


n.
a family, Gramineae, of nonwoody plants with hollow jointed stems sheathed by narrow leaves, petalless flowers, and fruit resembling grain.
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Noun1.grass family - the grasses: chiefly herbaceous but some woody plants including cerealsgrass family - the grasses: chiefly herbaceous but some woody plants including cereals; bamboo; reeds; sugar cane
liliopsid family, monocot family - family of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed
Graminales, order Graminales - grasses; sedges; rushes
graminaceous plant, gramineous plant - cosmopolitan herbaceous or woody plants with hollow jointed stems and long narrow leaves
Aegilops, genus Aegilops - goat grass
Agropyron, genus Agropyron - perennial grasses of temperate and cool regions: wheatgrass; dog grass
Agrostis, genus Agrostis - annual or perennial grasses cosmopolitan in northern hemisphere: bent grass (so named from `bent' meaning an area of unfenced grassland)
Alopecurus, genus Alopecurus - annual or perennial grasses including decorative and meadow species as well as notorious agricultural weeds
Andropogon, genus Andropogon - tall annual or perennial grasses with spikelike racemes; warm regions
Arundo, genus Arundo - any of several coarse tall perennial grasses of most warm areas: reeds
Bromus, genus Bromus - a genus of grasses of the family Gramineae
Bouteloua, genus Bouteloua - forage grasses
Buchloe, genus Buchloe - buffalo grass
Cenchrus, genus Cenchrus - a genus of grasses of the family Gramineae that have burs
Chloris, genus Chloris - tufted or perennial or annual grasses having runners: finger grass; windmill grass
Cortaderia, genus Cortaderia - tall ornamental grasses of South America and New Zealand and New Guinea: pampas grass
Cynodon, genus Cynodon - creeping perennial grasses of tropical and southern Africa
Dactylis, genus Dactylis - a monocotyledonous grass of the family Gramineae (has only one species)
Dactyloctenium, genus Dactyloctenium - a monocotyledonous genus of the family Gramineae
Digitaria, genus Digitaria - crab grass; finger grass
Echinochloa, genus Echinochloa - annual or perennial succulent grasses of warm regions
Eleusine, genus Eleusine - annual and perennial grasses of savannas and upland grasslands
Elymus, genus Elymus - tall tufted perennial grasses (such as lyme grass or wild rye)
Eragrostis, genus Eragrostis - annual or perennial grasses of tropics and subtropics
Erianthus, genus Erianthus - genus of reedlike grasses having spikes crowded in a panicle covered with long silky hairs
Festuca, genus Festuca - a genus of tufted perennial grasses of the family Gramineae
genus Glyceria, Glyceria - manna grass
genus Holcus, Holcus - a genus of Old World grasses widely cultivated in America
genus Hordeum, Hordeum - annual to perennial grasses of temperate northern hemisphere and South America: barley
genus Leymus, Leymus - genus that in some classifications overlaps the genus Elymus
genus Lolium, Lolium - darnel; ryegrass
genus Muhlenbergia, Muhlenbergia - a genus of grasses of the family Gramineae grown in America and Asia
genus Panicum, Panicum - panic grass
genus Paspalum - a genus of perennial grasses of warm regions
genus Pennisetum, Pennisetum - a genus of Old World grasses
genus Phalaris, Phalaris - a genus of grasses with broad leaves and a dense spike of flowers
genus Phleum, Phleum - grasses native to temperate regions
genus Phragmites, Phragmites - reeds of marshes and riversides in tropical or temperate regions
genus Poa, Poa - chiefly perennial grasses of cool temperate regions
meadow grass, meadowgrass - any of various grasses that thrive in the presence of abundant moisture
genus Saccharum, Saccharum - tall perennial reedlike grass originally of southeastern Asia: sugarcane
genus Schizachyrium, Schizachyrium - overlaps the genus Andropogon
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Wild rice is a member of the grass family and the genus Zizania.
Equally important, the salt-tolerance adaptations identified in seashore paspalum can also be applied to other members of the grass family, including cereal crops, such as maize or wheat.
Corn is a cereal crop but is a part of grass family.
Stipa gigantea THE king of the grass family, Giant Feather Grass, is at its most magnificent right now, glorious golden oats swaying in the breeze.
An example is adlai, a tall, hardy, grain-bearing plant of the grass family that pre-Spanish Filipinos supposedly ate.
Yet the spirit in which we add the spatiality of sexual reproduction to existing metaphors associated with the grass family is one of embracing the conceptual potential of diverse biological processes, not one of promoting heteronormative readings of the natural world.
It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, as it is not a member of the true grass family.
Among flowering plants, many commelinid monocots are silica-accumulators, most notably the grass family Poaceae (Ma & Yamaji, 2006; Currie & Perry, 2007; Schoelynck et al.
A member of the grass family, bamboo is one of the world's fastest-growing plants and delivers an incredibly high yield per acre - around 10 times more than cotton.
Wheat, the backbone of life as well as Pakistan, is an important member of the grass family which provides more nutrition for more people of the world than any other food.
Smuts are cereal and crop pathogens that most notably affect members of the grass family (Graminaceae).