any of several grasses of the genus Lolium, having simple stems, flat leaves, and terminal spikes.

1275–1325; Middle English; compare French (Walloon) darnelle, probably < Germanic

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darnel (ˈdɑːnəl)
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]

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Little by little he removes the weeds, and through patience he comes to see the garden free of darnel.
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