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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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- A pointer, such as that used by a teacher, having originally meant "a straw or twig."
See also related terms for teacher.
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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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And anyway, it's always fun asking a shop assistant if she's got creeping red fescue.
Endophyte-infected fescue should not be used for grass-fed beef as it will impart an unpleasant off-flavor to the meat as well as lower the animal's gain to an unacceptable level Today, however, endophyte-free varieties of fescue are available, as well as "novel endophyte" varieties that contain "good" endophytes for increased insect resistance--not the bad ones that cause the ill effects.
Detection of endophyte in tall fescue and perennial ryegrass by different methods.
Mixture A Fine-Textured Grasses 12.76 percent red fescue 85 percent germ.
We seeded the areas adjacent to the stream with tall fescue. By mid-April the fescue had germinated and was about an inch high.
11, a 544-yard par 5 featuring a cluster of bunkers at the corner of a dogleg, their fringes lined with wispy fescue. Big hitters can take an aggressive line, setting up a reachable second shot to a docile green.
Tall fescue is a [C.sub.3] grass, producing up to 50% of its biomass during the months of April and May (Buckner, 1985) in the southeastern climate of the United States.
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.
The tall fescue research showed up to a 50 percent difference in forage preferences based on cutting time.
The ability of these techniques to reduce the level of crude oil in soil was studied by growing bermudagrass (Cynodon dacylon) and tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) in Sacul soil (Aquic Hapludult) containing 30 g oil per kg soil (burned or left unburned).
Landscapers usually revegetate with a mixture of Kentucky-31 tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Sel.
Common cool-season grasses include Kentucky blue-grass, red and tall fescue, narrowleaf ryegrass and bentgrass.