reed canary grass

reed canary grass

noun
See under canary grass.

Origin:
1750–60

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canary grass

noun
any of various grasses of the genus Phalaris, as P. canariensis, native to the canary Islands, bearing seed used as food for cage birds, or P. arundinacea (reed canary grass) used throughout the Northern Hemisphere as fodder.

Origin:
1660–70

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canary grass
 
n
1.  any of various grasses of the genus Phalaris, esp P. canariensis, that is native to Europe and N Africa and has straw-coloured seeds used as birdseed
2.  reed canary grass a related plant, Phalaris arundinacea, used as fodder throughout the N hemisphere

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