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 for Wire grass
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wire \Wire\ (w[imac]r), n. [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel.
     v[imac]rr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine
     gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. [root]141.]
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     1. A thread or slender rod of metal; a metallic substance
        formed to an even thread by being passed between grooved
        rollers, or drawn through holes in a plate of steel.
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     Note: Wire is made of any desired form, as round, square,
           triangular, etc., by giving this shape to the hole in
           the drawplate, or between the rollers.
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     2. A telegraph wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph;
        as, to send a message by wire. [Colloq.]
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     3. Chiefly in pl. The system of wires used to operate the
        puppets in a puppet show; hence (Chiefly Political Slang),
        the network of hidden influences controlling the action of
        a person or organization; as, to pull the wires for
        office; -- in this sense, synonymous with strings.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
  
     4. One who picks women's pockets. [Thieves' Slang]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     5. A knitting needle. [Scot.]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     6. A wire stretching across over a race track at the judges'
        stand, to mark the line at which the races end. [Racing
        Cant]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     Wire bed, Wire mattress, an elastic bed bottom or
        mattress made of wires interwoven or looped together in
        various ways.
  
     Wire bridge, a bridge suspended from wires, or cables made
        of wire.
  
     Wire cartridge, a shot cartridge having the shot inclosed
        in a wire cage.
  
     Wire cloth, a coarse cloth made of woven metallic wire, --
        used for strainers, and for various other purposes.
  
     Wire edge, the thin, wirelike thread of metal sometimes
        formed on the edge of a tool by the stone in sharpening
        it.
  
     Wire fence, a fence consisting of posts with strained
        horizontal wires, wire netting, or other wirework,
        between.
  
     Wire gauge or Wire gage.
        (a) A gauge for measuring the diameter of wire, thickness
            of sheet metal, etc., often consisting of a metal
            plate with a series of notches of various widths in
            its edge.
        (b) A standard series of sizes arbitrarily indicated, as
            by numbers, to which the diameter of wire or the
            thickness of sheet metal in usually made, and which is
            used in describing the size or thickness. There are
            many different standards for wire gauges, as in
            different countries, or for different kinds of metal,
            the Birmingham wire gauges and the American wire gauge
            being often used and designated by the abbreviations
            B. W. G. and A. W. G. respectively.
  
     Wire gauze, a texture of finely interwoven wire, resembling
        gauze.
  
     Wire grass (Bot.), either of the two common grasses
        Eleusine Indica, valuable for hay and pasture, and Poa
        compressa, or blue grass. See Blue grass.
  
     Wire grub (Zool.), a wireworm.
  
     Wire iron, wire rods of iron.
  
     Wire lathing, wire cloth or wire netting applied in the
        place of wooden lathing for holding plastering.
  
     Wire mattress. See Wire bed, above.
  
     Wire micrometer, a micrometer having spider lines, or fine
        wires, across the field of the instrument.
  
     Wire nail, a nail formed of a piece of wire which is headed
        and pointed.
  
     Wire netting, a texture of woven wire coarser than ordinary
        wire gauze.
  
     Wire rod, a metal rod from which wire is formed by drawing.
        
  
     Wire rope, a rope formed wholly, or in great part, of
        wires.
  
     down to the wire, up to the last moment, as in a race or
        competition; as, the two front runners were neck-and-neck
        down to the wire. From wire[6].
  
     under the wire, just in time; shortly before the deadline;
        as, to file an application just under the wire.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crab \Crab\ (kr[a^]b), n. [AS. crabba; akin to D. krab, G.
     krabbe, krebs, Icel. krabbi, Sw. krabba, Dan. krabbe, and
     perh. to E. cramp. Cf. Crawfish.]
     1. (Zool.) One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly
        marine, and usually have a broad, short body, covered with
        a strong shell or carapace. The abdomen is small and
        curled up beneath the body.
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     Note: The name is applied to all the Brachyura, and to
           certain Anomura, as the hermit crabs. Formerly, it was
           sometimes applied to Crustacea in general. Many species
           are edible, the blue crab of the Atlantic coast being
           one of the most esteemed. The large European edible
           crab is Cancer padurus. Soft-shelled crabs are blue
           crabs that have recently cast their shells. See
           Cancer; also, Box crab, Fiddler crab, Hermit
           crab, Spider crab, etc., under Box, Fiddler.
           etc.
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     2. The zodiacal constellation Cancer.
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     3. [See Crab, a.] (Bot.) A crab apple; -- so named from its
        harsh taste.
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              When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
              Then nightly sings the staring owl.   --Shak.
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     4. A cudgel made of the wood of the crab tree; a crabstick.
        [Obs.] --Garrick.
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     5. (Mech.)
        (a) A movable winch or windlass with powerful gearing,
            used with derricks, etc.
        (b) A form of windlass, or geared capstan, for hauling
            ships into dock, etc.
        (c) A machine used in ropewalks to stretch the yarn.
        (d) A claw for anchoring a portable machine.
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     Calling crab. (Zool.) See Fiddler., n., 2.
  
     Crab apple, a small, sour apple, of several kinds; also,
        the tree which bears it; as, the European crab apple
        ({Pyrus Malus var. sylvestris); the Siberian crab apple
        ({Pyrus baccata); and the American ({Pyrus coronaria}).
        
  
     Crab grass. (Bot.)
        (a) A grass ({Digitaria sanguinalis syn. Panicum
            sanguinalis); -- called also finger grass.
        Eleusine+({Eleusine+Indica">(b) A grass of the genus Eleusine ({Eleusine Indica);
            -- called also dog's-tail grass, wire grass, etc.
            
  
     Crab+louse+(Zool.),+a+species+of+louse+({Phthirius+pubis">Crab louse (Zool.), a species of louse ({Phthirius pubis),
        sometimes infesting the human body.
  
     Crab+plover+(Zool.),+an+Asiatic+plover+({Dromas+ardeola">Crab plover (Zool.), an Asiatic plover ({Dromas ardeola).
        
  
     Crab's eyes, or Crab's stones, masses of calcareous
        matter found, at certain seasons of the year, on either
        side of the stomach of the European crawfishes, and
        formerly used in medicine for absorbent and antacid
        purposes; the gastroliths.
  
     Crab spider (Zool.), one of a group of spiders
        ({Laterigrad[ae]); -- called because they can run
        backwards or sideways like a crab.
  
     Crab tree, the tree that bears crab applies.
  
     Crab wood, a light cabinet wood obtained in Guiana, which
        takes a high polish. --McElrath.
  
     To catch a crab (Naut.), a phrase used of a rower:
        (a) when he fails to raise his oar clear of the water;
        (b) when he misses the water altogether in making a
            stroke.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  wire grass
      n 1: handsome hardy North American grass with foliage turning
           pale bronze in autumn [syn: broom beard grass, prairie
           grass, wire grass, Andropogon scoparius,
           Schizachyrium scoparium]
      2: coarse annual grass having fingerlike spikes of flowers;
         native to Old World tropics; a naturalized weed elsewhere
         [syn: yardgrass, yard grass, wire grass, goose grass,
         Eleusine indica]

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