crab grass


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Yard \Yard\, n. [OE. yard, yerd, AS. geard; akin to OFries.
   garda garden, OS. gardo garden, gard yard, D. gaard garden,
   G. garten, OHG. garto garden, gari inclosure, Icel. gar[eth]r
   yard, house, Sw. g[*a]rd, Dan. gaard, Goth. gards a house,
   garda sheepfold, L. hortus garden, Gr. cho`rtos an inclosure.
   Cf. Court, Garden, Garth, Horticulture, Orchard.]
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   1. An inclosure; usually, a small inclosed place in front of,
      or around, a house or barn; as, a courtyard; a cowyard; a
      barnyard.
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            A yard . . . inclosed all about with sticks
            In which she had a cock, hight chanticleer.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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   2. An inclosure within which any work or business is carried
      on; as, a dockyard; a shipyard.
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   Liberty of the yard, a liberty, granted to persons
      imprisoned for debt, of walking in the yard, or within any
      other limits prescribed by law, on their giving bond not
      to go beyond those limits.

   Prison yard, an inclosure about a prison, or attached to
      it.

   Yard grass (Bot.), a low-growing grass (Eleusine Indica)
      having digitate spikes. It is common in dooryards, and
      like places, especially in the Southern United States.
      Called also crab grass.

   Yard of land. See Yardland.
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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.
      (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),
      sometimes infesting the human body.

   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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