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n. pl. dar·nels
Any of several ryegrasses, especially Lolium temulentum.

[Middle English, of Old North French origin; akin to French dialectal darnelle, from darne, dizzy, dazed (darnel being so called because L. temulentum, a common weed of wheat fields, is often rendered toxic by a fungal infection similar to ergot, and consumption of bread made from flour contaminated with toxic darnel causes dizziness and lethargy), of Germanic origin; akin to -daert in Middle Dutch verdaert, dazed, and -turni in Old High German biturni, dazed, both perhaps akin to Middle Dutch deren, and Old High German tarēn, tarōn, to harm, ultimately of unknown origin.]


(Plants) any of several grasses of the genus Lolium, esp L. temulentum, that grow as weeds in grain fields in Europe and Asia
[C14: probably related to French (Walloon dialect) darnelle, of obscure origin]


(ˈdɑr nl)

any weedy grass of the genus Lolium.
[1275–1325; Middle English; compare French (Walloon) darnelle, probably < Germanic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.darnel - weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated landdarnel - weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous
rye grass, ryegrass - any of several annual or perennial Eurasian grasses
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It is true, of course, that, in the end of ends, nothing but the right conquers; the prevalent thorns of wrong, at last, crackle away in indiscriminate flame: and of the good seed sown, one grain in a thousand some day comes up--and somebody lives by it; but most of our great teachers, not excepting Carlyle and Emerson themselves, are a little too encouraging in their proclamation of this comfort, not, to my mind, very sufficient, when for the present our fields are full of nothing but darnel instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley; and none of them seem to me yet to have enough insisted on the inevitable power and infectiousness of all evil, and the easy and utter extinguishableness of good.
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