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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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Nitrogen content per unit leaf area is not affected by shade, but N concentration decreases with increasing SLW in tall fescue, indicating that nitrogenous compounds are concentrated in thinned, shaded leaves (Kephart and Buxton, 1993).
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Bordelon cites Kentucky 31 tall fescue, widely grown for pasture in the Ohio River Valley and farther south, as being too competitive and fast-growing for vineyards.
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We also hypothesized that the presence of bacteria in the rhizosphere might increase the solubility of Pb in the soil, which may also increase Pb uptake by tall fescue.
A year before I bought my first two Black Angus calves, I purchased a 50-pound sack of tall fescue seed to sow in my 4-acre pasture.
They found that it produces a 9-percent lower yield than orchardgrass and tall fescue, but has a 9-percent higher rate of neutral detergent fiber digestibility.
Open at Chambers Bay, a new course seeded with fine fescue, required skills Johnson didn't learn in his turf management courses at Oregon State.