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quick, noun

Forms:
Also with initial capital.
Origin:
English, AfrikaansShow more Special sense of general English quick, quick grass couch-grass; influenced by Afrikaans kweek, kweekgras, see kweek.
In full quick grass.
1. Any of several species of creeping grass of the Poaceae, especially a. the sturdy and often troublesome couch-grass Cynodon dactylon (subfamily Chlorodoideae); common quick or fine quick, see sense 2; quagga quick, see quagga sense 2; small quick, see sense 2; and b. buffalo grass (sense 1 b), Stenotaphrum secundatum. Cf. kweek sense a.
1838 J.E. Alexander Exped. into Int. II. 89Sometimes half way up to the knee in sand, and with our feet scorched with the heat, stung with the quick grass, and bruised with the baked clay, we reached the tent.
1973 F.J. Veldman in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. VIII. 603It is known that almost all quick-grasses (Cynodon spp.)..may contain dangerous quantities of cyanogenetic glucosides under certain climatic conditions.
2. With distinguishing epithet designating a particular species of grass:
coarse quick, buffalo grass (sense 1 b), Stenotaphrum secundatum;
common quick or fine quick, Cynodon dactylon (see sense 1 a);
grove quick, buffalo grass (sense 1 b), Stenotaphrum secundatum;
Karroo quick, Karroo quick grass, see Karoo sense 3;
quagga quick, see quagga sense 2;
red quick, Transvaal kweekgras (see Transvaal), Cynodon hirsutus;
sand quick, Schmidtia pappophoroides (subfamily Chlorodoideae);
seaside quick, buffalo grass (sense 1 b), Stenotaphrum secundatum;
small quick, C. dactylon (see sense 1 a);
Transvaal quick, see Transvaal.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 53Grove [quick], Stenotaphrum glabrum, also called Coarse quick, Coarse couch-grass, Buffalo-grass.
1913 A. Glossop Barnes’s S. Afr. Hsehold Guide 316Grasses, Native, In order of merit come ‘Rooi’ grass.., small quick grass (Indian doab grass), rib grass.
the sturdy and often troublesome couch-grass Cynodon dactylon (subfamily Chlorodoideae); common quick or fine quick, see 2; quagga quick, see quagga2; small quick, see 2; and
buffalo grass (sense 1 b), Stenotaphrum secundatum.