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.

1350–1400; earlier festue, Middle English festu < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *festūcum, for Latin festūca stalk, straw

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fescue or fescue grass (ˈfɛskjuː)
meadow fescue See also sheep's fescue any grass of the genus Festuca: widely cultivated as pasture and lawn grasses, having stiff narrow leaves
[C14: from Old French festu, ultimately from Latin festūca stem, straw]
fescue grass or fescue grass
[C14: from Old French festu, ultimately from Latin festūca stem, straw]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Tall fescue will grow fairly well on soils low in fertility, but it is better adapted to fertile conditions.
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