/spar"oh gras', -grahs'/, n. Informal.
[1650-60; by folk etymology]

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  • Sparrowgrass — Spar row*grass , n. [Corrupted from asparagus.] Asparagus. [Colloq.] See the Note under {Asparagus}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sparrowgrass — [spar′ō gras΄, spar′ōgräs΄] n. [altered by folk etym. < ASPARAGUS] dial. var. of ASPARAGUS …   English World dictionary

  • sparrowgrass — Asparagus As*par a*gus ([a^]s*p[a^]r [.a]*g[u^]s), n. [L., fr. Gr. aspa ragos, asfa ragos; cf. sparga^n to swell with sap or juice, and Zend [,c]paregha prong, sprout, Pers. asparag, Lith. spurgas sprout, Skr. sphurj to swell. Perh. the Greek… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sparrowgrass — noun Asparagus …   Wiktionary

  • Sparrowgrass — asparagus …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • sparrowgrass — Australian Slang asparagus …   English dialects glossary

  • sparrowgrass — n. asparagus …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sparrowgrass — spar·row·grass …   English syllables

  • sparrowgrass — spar•row•grass [[t]ˈspær oʊˌgræs, ˌgrɑs[/t]] n. pln inf asparagus • Etymology: 1650–60; by folk etym …   From formal English to slang

  • sparrowgrass — /ˈspæroʊgras/ (say sparohgrahs) noun Colloquial (humorous) asparagus …   Australian English dictionary

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