bent2 /bɛnt/


I. noun

1. (also bent grass) a stiff grass which is used for lawns and is a component of pasture and hay grasses.

Agrostis and other genera, family Gramineae: several species, including common bent ( A. capillaris ).
2. the stiff flowering stalk of a grass.

those nasty bents of ryegrass that are very efficient at ducking the mower.
‹archaic› any stiff or rushlike grass or sedge.
‹dialect› a heath or unenclosed pasture.
– origin Middle English: from Old English beonet (recorded in place names), of West Germanic origin; related to German Binse.

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