foxtails

foxtail

[foks-teyl]
noun
1.
the tail of a fox.
2.
any of various grasses having soft, brushlike spikes of flowers.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English; see fox, tail1

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foxtail (ˈfɒksˌteɪl)
 
n
1.  any grass of the genus Alopecurus, esp A. pratensis, of Europe, Asia, and South America, having soft cylindrical spikes of flowers: cultivated as a pasture grass
2.  any of various similar and related grasses, esp any of the genus Setaria

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