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fescue

[fes-kyoo] /ˈfɛs kyu/
noun
1.
Also called fescue grass. any grass of the genus Festuca, some species of which are cultivated for pasture or lawns.
2.
a pointer, as a straw or slender stick, used to point out the letters in teaching children to read.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; earlier festue, Middle English festu < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *festūcum, for Latin festūca stalk, straw
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Examples for fescue
  • Tall fescue will grow fairly well on soils low in fertility, but it is better adapted to fertile conditions.
British Dictionary definitions for fescue

fescue

/ˈfɛskjuː/
noun
1.
any grass of the genus Festuca: widely cultivated as pasture and lawn grasses, having stiff narrow leaves See also meadow fescue, sheep's fescue
Word Origin
C14: from Old French festu, ultimately from Latin festūca stem, straw
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Word Origin and History for fescue
fescue
1513, "pointer," from O.Fr. festue, a kind of straw, from L. festuca "straw, stalk, rod," probably related to ferula (see ferule). Sense of "pasture, lawn grass" is first recorded 1762.
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