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1. Any of various perennial grasses of the genus Festuca, often cultivated as pasturage.
2. Any of several annual grasses of the genus Vulpia of dry habitats.

[Short for fescue grass (so called from its being grown for hay and straw), from Early Modern English fescue, straw, piece of straw, alteration of Middle English festu, straw, from Old French, from Late Latin festūcum, from Latin festūca; perhaps akin to ferula, giant fennel (which has hollow stems), and fistula, hollow stalk, pipe.]


(ˈfɛskjuː) or

fescue grass

(Plants) any grass of the genus Festuca: widely cultivated as pasture and lawn grasses, having stiff narrow leaves. See also meadow fescue, sheep's fescue
[C14: from Old French festu, ultimately from Latin festūca stem, straw]


(ˈfɛs kyu)

1. any grass of the genus Festuca, some species of which are cultivated for pasture or lawns.
2. a pointer used to point out the letters in teaching children to read.
[1350–1400; Middle English festu < Middle French « Latin]


- A pointer, such as that used by a teacher, having originally meant "a straw or twig."
See also related terms for teacher.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fescue - grass with wide flat leaves cultivated in Europe and America for permanent pasture and hay and for lawnsfescue - grass with wide flat leaves cultivated in Europe and America for permanent pasture and hay and for lawns
grass - narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
Festuca, genus Festuca - a genus of tufted perennial grasses of the family Gramineae
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One such endophyte-friendly commercial tall fescue variety is MaxQ," says Nyczepir.
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Creeping red fescue is a commonly used grass species in most normal seed and turf mixes these days and annual meadow grass comes in as a weed grass without you knowing about it - it is nearly impossible to eradicate it from lawns as it is unaffected by the normal selective lawn herbicides.
Crabgrass is easily spotted because its blades are about twice as thick as those of tall fescue, which is sold under the names of `Marathon,' `Medallion' and `Bonsai' and is the most common lawn grass in our area.
Farmers reported that when the cattle ate primarily the fescue called Kentucky 31, they went lame more often than usual, and their tails sometimes sloughed off.
They are associated with several species of cool-season grasses, particularly tall fescue and perennial ryegrass, which are widely grown in temperate climates throughout the world as forage for cattle, sheep, and horses and for turf and conservation uses.
By mid-April the fescue had germinated and was about an inch high.
Festuca glauca , the blue fescue, has fine, blue-green leaves and spike lets of a similar, though darker, shade.
involved little more than cutting the native fescue, bent grass and rye.
We collected invertebrate samples from 10 NWSG fields and 10 fields of tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) during the brooding season across Tennessee using a terrestrial vacuum sampler.
Tall fescue is the most important perennial cool-season grass grown in the United States, occupying more than 35 million acres (14 million hectares)," Allen says.
Deer and wild turkey graze on millet, rye, and fescue grasses between helicopter landings.