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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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Like other meadow fescues, it has an endophyte (symbiotic fungus) that gives it some degree of environmental protection.
Neotyphodium endophytes trigger salt resistance in tall and meadow fescues. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 173: 952-957.
Choose red and tall fescues for shady areas in Northern zones.
We may be educated to believe that 'cutbacks' are currently the order of the day when it comes to Kirklees Council budgets, but the sight of millions of dandelions struggling to overcome self-seeding fescues is not going to convince any visitor to either town centre or university that Huddersfield is the place to be.
Probably because they are more easily restrained, the fescues, particularly those with brilliant blue green tussocks, attract the greatest attention.
The two bentgrasses and two fescues offer sustainable strategies for low-input turf.
Roundup-resistant fine fescues: There is now a series of low-growing fine fescues that are naturally glyphosate (Roundup) resistant.
If turf-type fescues are used, a pH of 6.0 to 6.5 should be your goal.
The plants--mostly structured ones such as papyrus and bamboo and low-mounding fescues and ferns--are arranged in clusters and rectangular beds for impact and to create a contemplative mood.
The other shade-tolerant cool season species, the fine fescues, do not grow well on moist soils.
Northerners, easterners, and many midwesteners use mainly Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis), perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne), and fine, or red, fescues (Chewing's, sheep, and creeping red fescue) (Festuca spp.).