• WordNet 3.6
    • n cocksfoot widely grown stout Old World hay and pasture grass
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cocksfoot The orchard-grass, Dactylis glomerata, tall and coarse, but valuable for hay, and growing well in the shade: so called from the dense branches of the one-sided panicle. It is native in Europe, but widely naturalized in other temperate countries.
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In literature:

Another useful grass is Cocksfoot.
"Wildflowers of the Farm" by Arthur Owens Cooke
The ORCHARD GRASS, or ROUGH COCKSFOOT, for pastures, stands pre-eminent.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
Here is the rough "cocksfoot grass," with its head or "panicle" as it is called, upright and tufted.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
Cocksfoot (orchard grass) was cultivated with great success and numbers of sheep were fattened on it.
"Makers of Modern Agriculture" by William Macdonald

In poetry:

The wet leaves of the cocksfoot
Polished my boots as I
Went round by the glistening bog-holes
Lost in unthinking joy.
"On An Apple-Ripe September Morning" by Patrick Kavanagh