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English Dictionary: maxima by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Maximum \Max"i*mum\, n.; pl. {Maxima}. [L., neut. from maximus
      the greatest. See {Maxim}.]
      The greatest quantity or value attainable in a given case;
      or, the greatest value attained by a quantity which first
      increases and then begins to decrease; the highest point or
      degree; -- opposed to {minimum}.
  
               Good legislation is the art of conducting a nation to
               the maximum of happiness, and the minimum of misery.
                                                                              --P.
                                                                              Colquhoun.
  
      {Maximum thermometer}, a thermometer that registers the
            highest degree of temperature attained in a given time, or
            since its last adjustment.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Nimble Will, a kind of drop seed. {Muhlenbergia diffsa}. Orchard
   grass, pasture and hay. {Dactylis glomerata}. Porcupine grass,
   troublesome to sheep. Northwest. {Stipa spartea}. Quaking grass,
   ornamental. {Briza media} and {maxima}. Quitch, or Quick, grass,
   etc., a weed. {Agropyrum repens}. Ray grass. Same as {Rye grass}
   (below). Redtop, pasture and hay. {Agrostis vulgaris}.
   Red-topped buffalo grass, forage. Northwest. {Poa tenuifolia}.
   Reed canary grass, of slight value. {Phalaris arundinacea}. Reed
   meadow grass, hay. North. {Glyceria aquatica}. Ribbon grass, a
   striped leaved form of {Reed canary grass}. Rye grass, pasture,
   hay. {Lolium perenne}, var. Seneca grass, fragrant basket work,
   etc. North. {Hierochloa borealis}. Sesame grass. Same as {Gama
   grass} (above). Sheep's fescue, sheep pasture, native in
   Northern Europe and Asia. {Festuca ovina}. Small reed grass,
   meadow pasture and hay. North. {Deyeuxia Canadensis}. Spear
   grass, Same as {Meadow grass} (above). Squirrel-tail grass,
   troublesome to animals. Seacoast and Northwest. {Hordeum
   jubatum}. Switch grass, hay, cut young. {Panicum virgatum}.
   Timothy, cut young, the best of hay. North. {Phleum pratense}.
   Velvet grass, hay on poor soil. South. {Holcus lanatus}. Vernal
   grass, pasture, hay, lawn. {Anthoxanthum odoratum}. Wire grass,
   valuable in pastures. {Poa compressa}. Wood grass, Indian grass,
   hay. {Chrysopogon nutans}.
  
      Note: Many plants are popularly called grasses which are not
               true grasses botanically considered, such as black
               grass, goose grass, star grass, etc.
  
      {Black grass}, a kind of small rush ({Juncus Gerardi}),
            growing in salt marshes, used for making salt hay.
  
      {Grass of the Andes}, an oat grass, the {Arrhenatherum
            avenaceum} of Europe.
  
      {Grass of Parnassus}, a plant of the genus {Parnassia}
            growing in wet ground. The European species is {P.
            palustris}; in the United States there are several
            species.
  
      {Grass bass} (Zo[94]l.), the calico bass.
  
      {Grass bird}, the dunlin.
  
      {Grass cloth}, a cloth woven from the tough fibers of the
            grass-cloth plant.
  
      {Grass-cloth plant}, a perennial herb of the Nettle family
            ({B[d2]hmeria nivea [or] Urtica nivea}), which grows in
            Sumatra, China, and Assam, whose inner bark has fine and
            strong fibers suited for textile purposes.
  
      {Grass finch}. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) A common American sparrow ({Po[94]c[91]tes
                  gramineus}); -- called also {vesper sparrow} and
                  {bay-winged bunting}.
            (b) Any Australian finch, of the genus {Po[89]phila}, of
                  which several species are known.
  
      {Grass lamb}, a lamb suckled by a dam running on pasture land
            and giving rich milk.
  
      {Grass land}, land kept in grass and not tilled.
  
      {Grass moth} (Zo[94]l.), one of many small moths of the genus
            {Crambus}, found in grass.
  
      {Grass oil}, a fragrant essential volatile oil, obtained in
            India from grasses of the genus {Andropogon}, etc.; --
            used in perfumery under the name of {citronella}, {ginger
            grass oil}, {lemon grass oil}, {essence of verbena} etc.
           
  
      {Grass owl} (Zo[94]l.), a South African owl ({Strix
            Capensis}).
  
      {Grass parrakeet} (Zo[94]l.), any of several species of
            Australian parrots, of the genus {Euphemia}; -- also
            applied to the zebra parrakeet.
  
      {Grass plover} (Zo[94]l.), the upland or field plover.
  
      {Grass poly} (Bot.), a species of willowwort ({Lythrum
            Hyssopifolia}). --Johnson.
  
      {Crass quit} (Zo[94]l.), one of several tropical American
            finches of the genus {Euetheia}. The males have most of
            the head and chest black and often marked with yellow.
  
      {Grass snake}. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) The common English, or ringed, snake ({Tropidonotus
                  natrix}).
            (b) The common green snake of the Northern United States.
                  See {Green snake}, under {Green}.
  
      {Grass snipe} (Zo[94]l.), the pectoral sandpiper ({Tringa
            maculata}); -- called also {jacksnipe} in America.
  
      {Grass spider} (Zo[94]l.), a common spider ({Agelena
            n[91]via}), which spins flat webs on grass, conspicuous
            when covered with dew.
  
      {Grass sponge} (Zo[94]l.), an inferior kind of commercial
            sponge from Florida and the Bahamas.
  
      {Grass table}. (Arch.) See {Earth table}, under {Earth}.
  
      {Grass vetch} (Bot.), a vetch ({Lathyrus Nissolia}), with
            narrow grasslike leaves.
  
      {Grass widow}. [Cf. Prov. R. an unmarried mother, G.
            strohwittwe a mock widow, Sw. gr[84]senka a grass widow.]
            (a) An unmarried woman who is a mother. [Obs.]
            (b) A woman separated from her husband by abandonment or
                  prolonged absence; a woman living apart from her
                  husband. [Slang.]
  
      {Grass wrack} (Bot.) eelgrass.
  
      {To bring to grass} (Mining.), to raise, as ore, to the
            surface of the ground.
  
      {To put to grass}, {To put out to grass}, to put out to graze
            a season, as cattle.
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