panic grass

panic

2 [pan-ik]
noun
1.
Also called panic grass. any grass of the genus Panicum, many species of which bear edible grain.
2.
the grain.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin pānicum a kind of millet

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panic (ˈpænɪk)
 
n
1.  a sudden overwhelming feeling of terror or anxiety, esp one affecting a whole group of people
2.  (modifier) of or resulting from such terror: panic measures
 
vb , -ics, -icking, -icked
3.  to feel or cause to feel panic
 
[C17: from French panique, from New Latin pānicus, from Greek panikos emanating from Pan, considered as the source of irrational fear]
 
'panicky
 
adj

Panic (ˈpænɪk)
 
adj
of or relating to the god Pan

panic grass
 
n
any of various grasses of the genus Panicum, such as millet, grown in warm and tropical regions for fodder and grain
 
[C15 panic, from Latin pānicum, probably a back formation from pāniculapanicle]

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panic
"mass terror," c.1600, as an adj. (with fear, terror, etc.), from Fr. panique (15c.), from Gk. panikon, lit. "pertaining to Pan," in sense of "panic, fright" short for panikon deima, from neut. of Panikos "of Pan," the god of woods and fields who was the source of mysterious sounds that caused contagious,
groundless fear in herds and crowds, or in people in lonely spots. As a noun, first recorded 1708. Meaning "widespread apprehension about financial matters" is first recorded 1757. The verb is 1827, from the noun. Panicky is first recorded 1869. Panic button in fig. sense is first recorded 1955, the literal sense apparently is from parachuting.

panic
"type of grass," c.1420, from O.Fr. panic "Italian millet," from L. panicum "kind of millet," from panus "ear of millet, a swelling," of unknown origin.
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panic pan·ic (pān'ĭk)
n.
A sudden overpowering feeling of terror.


pan'ic v.
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