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rye·grassor rye grass (rī′grăs′)
Any of several grasses of the genus Lolium, native to Eurasia and often used for forage or for stabilizing soil.
[Alteration of raygrass : ray, darnel (from Middle English rai, perhaps alteration of Old French ivraie, from Latin ēbriāca, from feminine of ēbriācus, drunk (from the plant's effects if ingested), from ēbrius; see inebriate) + grass.]
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any of several European grasses of the genus Lolium, as L. perenne, grown for forage in the U.S.
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|Noun||1.||ryegrass - any of several annual or perennial Eurasian grasses|
grass - narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
English ryegrass, Lolium perenne, perennial ryegrass - European perennial grass widely cultivated for pasture and hay and as a lawn grass
Italian rye, Italian ryegrass, Lolium multiflorum - European grass much used for hay and in United States also for turf and green manure
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