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

  Quaking \Quak"ing\,
     a. & n. from Quake, v.
     [1913 Webster]
     Quaking aspen (Bot.), an American species of poplar
        ({Populus tremuloides), the leaves of which tremble in
        the lightest breeze. It much resembles the European aspen.
        See Aspen.
     Quaking bog, a bog of forming peat so saturated with water
        that it shakes when trodden upon.
     Quaking grass. (Bot.)
     (a) One of several grasses of the genus Briza, having
         slender-stalked and pendulous ovate spikelets, which
         quake and rattle in the wind. Briza maxima is the large
         quaking grass; Briza media and Briza minor are the
         smaller kinds.
     (b) Rattlesnake grass ({Glyceria Canadensis).
         [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rattlesnake \Rat"tle*snake`\ (r[a^]t"t'l*sn[=a]k`), n. (Zool.)
     Any one of several species of venomous American snakes
     belonging to the genera Crotalus and Caudisona, or
     Sistrurus; sometimes also called rattler. They have a
     series of horny interlocking joints at the end of the tail
     which make a sharp rattling sound when shaken. The common
     rattlesnake of the Northern United States ({Crotalus
     horridus), and the diamondback rattlesnake (also called
     diamondback rattler, and diamondback) of the South and
     East ({Crotalus adamanteus) and West ({Crotalus atrox}), are
     the best known. See Illust. of Fang.
     [1913 Webster +PJC]
     Ground rattlesnake (Zool.), a small rattlesnake ({Caudisona
        miliaria or Sistrurus miliaria) of the Southern United
        States, having a small rattle. It has nine large scales on
        its head.
     Rattlesnake fern (Bot.), a common American fern
        ({Botrychium Virginianum) having a triangular decompound
        frond and a long-stalked panicle of spore cases rising
        from the middle of the frond.
     Rattlesnake grass (Bot.), a handsome American grass
        ({Glyceria Canadensis) with an ample panicle of rather
        large ovate spikelets, each one composed of imbricated
        parts and slightly resembling the rattle of the
        rattlesnake. Sometimes called quaking grass.
     Rattlesnake plantain (Bot.), See under Plantain.
     Rattlesnake root (Bot.), a name given to certain American
        species of the composite genus Prenanthes ({Prenanthes
        alba and Prenanthes serpentaria), formerly asserted to
        cure the bite of the rattlesnake. Called also lion's
        foot, gall of the earth, and white lettuce.
     Rattlesnake's master (Bot.)
     (a) A species of Agave ({Agave Virginica) growing in the
         Southern United States.
     (b) An umbelliferous plant ({Eryngium yuccaefolium) with
         large bristly-fringed linear leaves.
     (c) A composite plant, the blazing star ({Liatris
     Rattlesnake weed (Bot.), a plant of the composite genus
        Hieracium+({Hieracium+venosum">Hieracium ({Hieracium venosum); -- probably so named
        from its spotted leaves. See also Snakeroot.
        [1913 Webster]

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