grass family definition

  • noun:
    • a sizable and extensive category of flowers, the Gramineae (or Poaceae), characterized by usually hollow stems, sheath-forming leaves in 2 longitudinal rows, and minute flowers arranged in spikelets. The grasses include crucial food plants like wheat, rice, corn, barley, oats, and sorghum and in addition flowers for grass and fodder.
    • the grasses: mainly herbaceous many woody plants including cereals; bamboo; reeds; sugar cane
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