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[fe-stoo-kuh, -styoo-] /fɛˈstu kə, -ˈstyu-/
any grass of the genus Festuca, chiefly characterized by tufted blades and spikelets, comprising the fescues.
Origin of festuca
< New Latin (Linnaeus), Latin; see fescue Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The long-awned species of festuca have compact stiff panicles and narrow or setaceous leaves (see p. 111).

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  • festuca elatior, Bromus giganteus and most species of Agrostis come near Lolium.

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  • In stems of grasses such as festuca, Dactylis, etc., also on wood-rush.

  • Of all the symbols employed in connection with feoffments, however, the rod (festuca) had the widest vogue on the continent.

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  • Bromus giganteus has leaves glabrous and very like festuca elatior.

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  • Meadow Fescue (festuca pratensis, fig. 20) may be taken as the type of the broad-leaved fescues.

  • The fescue (festuca ovina), a little fern (Woodsia), and a saussurea ascend very near the summit.

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  • festuca elatior is easily confused with the glabrous Bromes.

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  • In festuca ovina the ears are short, stiff, and erect (Fig. 13).

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  • Alopecurus pratensis has more depressed, flatter and broader ridges than festuca, and a longer ligule, and lacks the pointed ears.

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