Knot·grass n. Bot. (a) a common weed with jointed stems (Polygonum aviculare); knotweed. (b) The dog grass. See under Dog.
Note: ☞ An infusion of Polygonum aviculare was once supposed to have the effect of stopping the growth of an animal, and hence it was called, as by Shakespeare, “hindering knotgrass.”
We want a boy extremely for this function,
Kept under for a year with milk and knotgrass. --Beau. & Fl.
Swine n. sing. & pl. Zool. Any animal of the hog kind, especially one of the domestical species. Swine secrete a large amount of subcutaneous fat, which, when extracted, is known as lard. The male is specifically called boar, the female, sow, and the young, pig. See Hog. “A great herd of swine.”
Swine grass Bot., knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare); -- so called because eaten by swine.
Swine oat Bot., a kind of oat sometimes grown for swine.
Swine's cress Bot., a species of cress of the genus Senebiera (Senebiera Coronopus).
Swine's head, a dolt; a blockhead. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Swine thistle Bot., the sow thistle.
Bird's-tongue n. Bot. The knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare).
Cen·tin·o·dy n. Bot. A weed with a stem of many joints (Illecebrum verticillatum); also, the Polygonum aviculare or knotgrass.
Goose n.; pl. Geese Zool.
1. Any large web-footen bird of the subfamily Anserinæ, and belonging to Anser, Branta, Chen, and several allied genera. See Anseres.
Note: ☞ The common domestic goose is believed to have been derived from the European graylag goose (Anser anser). The bean goose (A. segetum), the American wild or Canada goose (Branta Canadensis), and the bernicle goose (Branta leucopsis) are well known species. The American white or snow geese and the blue goose belong to the genus Chen. See Bernicle, Emperor goose, under Emperor, Snow goose, Wild goose, Brant.
2. Any large bird of other related families, resembling the common goose.
Note: ☞ The Egyptian or fox goose (Alopochen Aegyptiaca) and the African spur-winged geese (Plectropterus) belong to the family Plectropteridæ. The Australian semipalmated goose (Anseranas semipalmata) and Cape Barren goose (Cereopsis Novæ-Hollandiæ) are very different from northern geese, and each is made the type of a distinct family. Both are domesticated in Australia.
3. A tailor's smoothing iron, so called from its handle, which resembles the neck of a goose.
4. A silly creature; a simpleton.
5. A game played with counters on a board divided into compartments, in some of which a goose was depicted.
The pictures placed for ornament and use,
The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose. --Goldsmith.
A wild goose chase, an attempt to accomplish something impossible or unlikely of attainment.
Fen goose. See under Fen.
Goose barnacle Zool., any pedunculated barnacle of the genus Anatifa or Lepas; -- called also duck barnacle. See Barnacle, and Cirripedia.
Goose cap, a silly person. [Obs.] --Beau. & .
Goose corn Bot., a coarse kind of rush (Juncus squarrosus).
Goose feast, Michaelmas. [Colloq. Eng.]
Goose grass. Bot. (a) A plant of the genus Galium (G. Aparine), a favorite food of geese; -- called also catchweed and cleavers. (b) A species of knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare). (c) The annual spear grass (Poa annua).
Goose neck, anything, as a rod of iron or a pipe, curved like the neck of a goose; specially Naut., an iron hook connecting a spar with a mast.
Goose quill, a large feather or quill of a goose; also, a pen made from it.
Goose skin. See Goose flesh, above.
Goose tongue Bot., a composite plant (Achillea ptarmica), growing wild in the British islands.
Sea goose. Zool. See Phalarope.
Solan goose. Zool. See Gannet.