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redtop

[red-top] /ˈrɛdˌtɒp/
noun
1.
any of several grasses of the genus Agrostis having reddish panicles, as A. gigantea, widely cultivated for lawns and pasturage.
Origin of redtop
1785-1795
1785-95, Americanism; red1 + top1
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  • Timothy and redtop and witch-grass are the very children of olus.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • In the Southern states a good meadow or pasture can be made of orchard grass, red clover, and redtop.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • Soils that produce sorrel and redtop when red clover and timothy are sown need drainage or liming or both.

  • redtop, clover, and timothy grow rank, and are profitably cultivated.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • It was the stalks, above the upper joint, of spear-grass and redtop grass growing so profusely in Weathersfield.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • In New England, timothy, red clover, and redtop are generally used for the mowing crop.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • Some other grasses may also be added under certain conditions, or substituted for timothy or redtop.

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