sparrowgrass


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spar·row·grass

 (spăr′ə-grăs′, spăr′ō-)
n. Eastern US
Asparagus.

[By folk etymology from sparagus, variant of asparagus.]

sparrowgrass

(ˈspærəʊˌɡrɑːs)
n
(Plants) a dialect or popular name for asparagus
[C17: variant of asparagus, associated by folk etymology with sparrow and grass]

spar•row•grass

(ˈspær oʊˌgræs, -ˌgrɑs)

n.
asparagus.
[1650–60; by folk etym.]
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sparrowgrass

n (inf)Spargel m
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Moses Gluckstein, a city gent and very pleasant and fond of sparrowgrass and chokes, and 'e cut in-- there 'adn't been no customers for days--and began to talk very fast, offerin' me for anything I 'ad, anything, petaties or anything, its weight in gold.
Suggested Reading: "Mexican War Vet Wages Deadliest Gunfight In American History" by Richard Fournier, VFW magazine, January 2012; "Captain Davis: A California Ballad," citing "The Sparrowgrass Papers" by Frederic S.
Sometimes called "sparrowgrass," a corrupted form of "sparagus," wild asparagus stalks are smaller and less straight than cultivated varieties.