crested dog's-tail


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crested dog's-tail

n
(Plants) a common wiry perennial grass, Cynosurus cristatus, of meadows and pasture
[C19: named from the fancied resemblance between its one-sided flower spike and a dog's feathery tail]
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Hay meadows are typically on fertile, neutral soils, and feature plants like knapweed and meadow buttercup, nitrogen-fixing legumes like red clover, birdsfoot trefoil and tufted vetch and many grasses such as crested dog's-tail, sweet vernal grass and meadow foxtail.
The roll call included meadow fox-tail, sweet vernal grass, downy oat grass, wood horse-tail, red fescue, crested dog's-tail, wood anemone, bugle, floating sweet grass, sharp flowered rush, ragged robin, wood cranesbill, marsh marigold, globe flower, yellow rattle, adder's tongue fern, and moonwort.