cocksfoot

Definitions

  • 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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Usage

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
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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