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Meaning of fescue by Wiktionary Dictionary

fescue


    Etymology

    Old French festu ( modern fétu ), from Proto-Romance festu, from Latin festuca ‘stalk, stem, straw’ .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈfɛskjuː/

    Noun

    fescue ( plural: fescues )

    1. A straw, wire, stick, etc., used chiefly to point out letters to children when learning to read .
    2. A hardy grass commonly used to border golf fairways in temperate climates. Any member of the genus Festuca .

    Verb

    fescue ( third-person singular simple present fescues present participle fescuing, simple past and past participle fescued )

    1. To use a fescue, or teach with a fescue .
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Explanation of fescue by Wordnet Dictionary

fescue


    Noun
    1. grass with wide flat leaves cultivated in Europe and America for permanent pasture and hay and for lawns



    Definition of fescue by GCIDE Dictionary

    fescue


    1. Fescue ( fĕsku ), n. [OE. festu, OF. festu, F. fétu, fr. L. festuca stalk, straw.]
      1. A straw, wire, stick, etc., used chiefly to point out letters to children when learning to read. “Pedantic fescue.” Sterne.

      To come under the fescue of an imprimatur. Milton.

      2. An instrument for playing on the harp; a plectrum. [Obs.] Chapman.

      3. The style of a dial. [Obs.]

      4. ( Bot. ) A grass of the genus Festuca.

      Fescue grass ( Bot. ), a genus of grasses ( Festuca ) containing several species of importance in agriculture. Festuca ovina is sheep's fescue; F. elatior is meadow fescue.

    2. Fescue ( fĕsku ), v. i. & t. [imp. & p. p. Fescued ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fescuing.] To use a fescue, or teach with a fescue. Milton.