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Poa \Po"a\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? grass.] (Bot.) A genus of grasses, including a great number of species, as the kinds called meadow grass, Kentucky blue grass, June grass, and spear grass (which see).


n. Any grass of the genus ''Poa''.


Poa is a genus of about 500 species of grasses, native to the temperate regions of both hemispheres. Common names include meadow-grass (mainly Europe and Asia), bluegrass (mainly North America), tussock (some New Zealand species), and speargrass. "Poa" is Greek for fodder. Poa are members of the Pooideae subfamily of the Poaceae family.

Bluegrass, which has green leaves, derives its name from the seed heads, which are blue when the plant is allowed to grow to its natural height of two to three feet (0.6 to 0.9 meters).

The genus Poa includes both annual and perennial species. Most are monoecious, but a few are dioecious (separate male and female plants). The leaves are narrow, folded or flat, sometimes bristled, and with the basal sheath flattened or sometimes thickened, with a blunt or hooded apex and membranaceous ligule.


Poá is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The water extracted from Fonte Áurea, or the Source of Gold, is sold throughout Brazil. The population is 113,793 (2015 est.) in an area of 17.26 km².

POA (album)

POA (meaning "grass" in Greek) is the first and only studio album by the Italian progressive rock band Blocco Mentale. It was released in 1973.

Poá (CPTM)

Poá is a rail station for Line 11 (Coral) of the CPTM transit system located at the municipality of Poá, Brazil.

Usage examples of "poa".

Among these a priest called Poa collected a number of small gold images of Kwan-tai to the value of fifty thousand pounds, and fled with them to England.

Fearful of being tortured for sacrilege if he told the truth, Poa wrote in Chinese characters a description of the whereabouts of the treasure in London, and placed the paper in the interior of a small jade idol, with diamond eyes, which stood in the Kwan-tai Temple in the Street of the Water Dragon.

My uncle did some service for Poa, who, out of gratitude, told him the secret.

When your greatnesses found the confession of the evil priest Poa that he had stolen the gods, and had confided the secret of their whereabouts to the jade image of Kwan-tai, you ordered your unworthy slave to search and find the treasure, so that it should be restored to the temple in the Street of the Water Dragon.