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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Chess, n. Bot. A species of brome grass (Bromus secalinus) which is a troublesome weed in wheat fields, and is often erroneously regarded as degenerate or changed wheat; it bears a very slight resemblance to oats, and if reaped and ground up with wheat, so as to be used for food, is said to produce narcotic effects; -- called also cheat and Willard's bromus. [U. S.]
 Note:Other species of brome grass are called upright chess, soft chess, etc.