a fast-spreading, weedy, annual brome grass (Bromus tectorum) native to Europe, introduced to the W U.S.
often written cheat grass
Origin of cheatgrassso called probably from similarity to the grain with which it grows
- See downy brome.
- Any of several similar bromes, especially Bromus secalinus.
Origin of cheatgrassPerhaps akin to cheat, bread made of inferior-quality wheat (from Middle English chet, from Old French) + grass.
- Bromus tectorum, drooping brome, native to Europe, thought to create an ecology prone to annual fires in many US areas.