fescue

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fescue grass with wide flat leaves cultivated in Europe and America for permanent pasture and hay and for lawns
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fescue (Bot) A grass of the genus Festuca.
    • Fescue A straw, wire, stick, etc., used chiefly to point out letters to children when learning to read. "Pedantic fescue .""To come under the fescue of an imprimatur."
    • Fescue An instrument for playing on the harp; a plectrum.
    • Fescue The style of a dial.
    • v. i. & t Fescue To use a fescue, or teach with a fescue.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fescue A straw, wire, pin, or slender stick used to point out the letters to children when learning to read. See first extract under ferular.
    • n fescue A plectrum with which a lyre or dulcimer is played.
    • n fescue The style or straight rod by which the shadow is cast in sun-dials of certain forms, as in those set upon upright walls. See sun-dial.
    • n fescue Fescue-grass. See Festuca.
    • fescue To use a fescue in teaching pupils to read.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fescue fes′kū a genus of grasses, very nearly allied to Brome-grass, and including many valuable pasture and fodder grasses: a small straw or wire used to point out letters to children when learning to read.
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. festu, OF. festu, F. fétu, fr. L. festuca, stalk, straw
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. festu—L. festūca, a straw.

Usage

In literature:

This burrow is a vertical well, with a curb of fescue grass intertwined with silk.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
This burrow is a vertical well, with a curb of fescue-grass intertwined with silk.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
MEADOW FESCUE is one of the most common of the fescue grasses, and is said to be the Randall grass of Virginia.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
Festuca duriuscula Hard fescue.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3" by Various
***

In news:

Four new tall fescues with novel endophytes are now on the market to help fight fescue toxicity.
Switching to a novel- endophyte fescue is a process, says Chris Agee, forage agronomist with Pennington Seed, which offers Texoma MaxQII.
When blue fescue turns brown, do you revive or replace.
Blue fescue thrives in a Silver Lake garden featured in an earlier L.A.
Two years ago I planted a section of a perennial bed with half a dozen plants of a gorgeous blue fescue , but they haven't filled in as I had hoped.
Orchardgrass & Tall Fescue .
Orchardgrass & Tall Fescue.
Tipton, who runs 70 cows near Huntsville, AR, stockpiles about 40 acres of Kentucky 31 tall fescue.
1 Now is the best time of the year to plant a new cool season lawn, such as Marathon II, bluegrass or fescue.
The Toledo Fire and Fescue Department welcomed its newest additions Friday.
Could Endophyte- Infected Fescue Cause Lameness in Horses.
Photos by Rebecca D Williams/Special to the News Sentinel John Wisinger, with his dogs Roxy and Curtis, seeded this low-growing fescue mix in March.
I'm a little confused on the correct mowing height for tall fescue lawns.
Researchers continue to be sold on the unusual, yet much welcomed, benefits of treating tall fescue and other forages with seaweed extract.
"We over- seed with what we call a turf type fescue," Neal said.
***