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[fes-kyoo] /ˈfɛs kyu/
Also called fescue grass. any grass of the genus Festuca, some species of which are cultivated for pasture or lawns.
a pointer, as a straw or slender stick, used to point out the letters in teaching children to read.
Origin of fescue
1350-1400; earlier festue, Middle English festu < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *festūcum, for Latin festūca stalk, straw Unabridged
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  • The reader is probably acquainted with the fescue Grass, with its awned flowers arranged in one-sided panicles.

    The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux
  • This burrow is a vertical well, with a curb of fescue grass intertwined with silk.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The fescue (Festuca ovina), a little fern (Woodsia), and a saussurea ascend very near the summit.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • Meadow fescue is one of the most common of the fescue grasses, and is said to be the Randall grass of Virginia.

    Cattle and Their Diseases Robert Jennings
  • Meadow fescue is a palatable grass that would be used more often in pasture mixtures if the seed were not high in price.

British Dictionary definitions for fescue


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

1510s, "teacher's pointer," alteration of festu "piece of straw, twig" (late 14c.), from Old French festu (Modern French fétu), a kind of straw, from Vulgar Latin festucum, from Latin festuca "straw, stalk, rod," probably related to ferula (see ferule). Sense of "pasture, lawn grass" is first recorded 1762.

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