canary grass

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n canary grass Canary Islands grass; seeds used as feed for caged birds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Canary grass a grass of the genus Phalaris Phalaris Canariensis), producing the seed used as food for canary birds.
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Usage

In literature:

The case is in fact similar to that of the oat and canary-grass.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
She took one run across the Thornton place, but this seemed to disturb the canary, so she flung herself down on the grass.
"Peggy in Her Blue Frock" by Eliza Orne White
I do not believe that any edible or valuable plant, except the {311} canary-grass, has been derived from an oceanic or uninhabited island.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
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