buffalo grass, noun phrase

Origin:
Afrikaans, EnglishShow more Perhaps translation of Afrikaans buffelsgras, buffel buffalo + linking phoneme -s- + gras grass; or English, see quotation 1966.
1. Any of several broad-leafed fodder or lawn grasses of the Poaceae (subfamily Panicoideae): a. Any of several species of the genus Panicum. See also sense 2 below. b. Stenotaphrum secundatum; coarse quick, see quick sense 2; coastal buffalo grass, see sense 2 below; grove quick, see quick sense 2; quick sense 1 b; seaside quick, see quick sense 2. c. Any of several species of the genus Setaria. In all senses also called buffelgras or buffelsgras (see buffel sense 1 b).
1868 J. Chapman Trav. II. 457The Buffalo-grass has a large broad, corrugated leaf, and is greedily eaten by horses and cattle.
1992 H. Hutchings in Weekend Post 24 Oct. (Leisure) 7Fine lawns such as kweek can be cut to a length of about 10mm, whereas coarser grasses like kikuyu and buffalo should not be less than 25mm to 30mm.
2. With distinguishing epithet designating a particular species of buffalo grass:
blue buffalo grass, skaapplaas sense a;
coastal buffalo grass, Stenotaphrum secundatum (see sense 1 b above);
elbow buffalo grass, Panicum subalbidum;
Natal buffalo grass, P. natalense;
small buffalo grass, P. coloratum;
sweet buffalo grass, P. schinzii;
white buffalo grass, P. coloratum.
1971 J.P. Botha in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. IV. 603Blue buffalo-grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) is palatable and strongly drought-resistant.
1992 F.P. Van Oudtshoorn Guide to Grasses 236Panicum coloratum,..White Buffalo Grass...Preferred by white rhinoceros, roan, buffalo and reedbuck.
Any of several species of the genus Panicum.
Stenotaphrum secundatum; coarse quick, see quick2; coastal buffalo grass, see 2 below; grove quick, see quick2; quick1 b; seaside quick, see quick2.
Any of several species of the genus Setaria. In all senses also called buffelgras or buffelsgras (see buffel1 b).