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or timothy grass

[tim-uh-thee] /ˈtɪm ə θi/
noun, plural timothies.
a coarse grass, Phleum pratense, having cylindrical spikes, used as fodder.
Origin of timothy
1730-40; named after Timothy Hanson, American farmer who cultivated it in the early 18th century Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • On cutting into base, found ulceration and a head of timothy grass, four or five inches long.

    Cattle and Their Diseases Robert Jennings
  • They were irrigated, and had been sown and re-sown with timothy grass and clover.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Just as the Englishmen had used only timothy grass in their cases, Koessler used rag weed exclusively.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever George Frederick Laidlaw
  • Her pasture should be timothy grass or native grass free from weeds; clover alone is bad.

    Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • Out of the region of fennel we passed into one of red and white clover, timothy grass and wild oats.

    The Lands of the Saracen Bayard Taylor
  • Give me that Dakota cow made out of grain, with a tail of timothy grass, and straw legs, and corn ear horns.

  • On the other side, where timothy grass and oats had grown, was stubble, dotted by tall stumps and fern.

    Northwest! Harold Bindloss
  • Tommy amused herself by tickling Busters ear with a long, dead stalk of timothy grass.

British Dictionary definitions for timothy grass

timothy grass

a perennial grass, Phleum pratense, of temperate regions, having erect stiff stems and cylindrical flower spikes: grown for hay and pasture
Word Origin
C18: apparently named after a Timothy Hanson, who brought it to colonial Carolina


noun (New Testament)
Saint. a disciple of Paul, who became leader of the Christian community at Ephesus. Feast day: Jan 26 or 22
either of the two books addressed to him (in full The First and Second Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Timothy), containing advice on pastoral matters
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Word Origin and History for timothy grass


masc. proper name, from French Timothée, from Latin Timotheus, from Greek Timotheos, literally "honoring God," from time "honor, respect" + theos "god" (see Thea).



1747, short for timothy grass (1736), American English name for "meadow cat's-tail grass" (Phleum pratense), a native British grass introduced to the American colonies and cultivated there from c.1720, said to be so called for Timothy Hanson, who was first to cultivate it as an agricultural plant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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timothy grass in the Bible

honouring God, a young disciple who was Paul's companion in many of his journeyings. His mother, Eunice, and his grandmother, Lois, are mentioned as eminent for their piety (2 Tim. 1:5). We know nothing of his father but that he was a Greek (Acts 16:1). He is first brought into notice at the time of Paul's second visit to Lystra (16:2), where he probably resided, and where it seems he was converted during Paul's first visit to that place (1 Tim. 1:2; 2 Tim. 3:11). The apostle having formed a high opinion of his "own son in the faith," arranged that he should become his companion (Acts 16:3), and took and circumcised him, so that he might conciliate the Jews. He was designated to the office of an evangelist (1 Tim. 4:14), and went with Paul in his journey through Phrygia, Galatia, and Mysia; also to Troas and Philippi and Berea (Acts 17:14). Thence he followed Paul to Athens, and was sent by him with Silas on a mission to Thessalonica (17:15; 1 Thess. 3:2). We next find him at Corinth (1 Thess. 1:1; 2 Thess. 1:1) with Paul. He passes now out of sight for a few years, and is again noticed as with the apostle at Ephesus (Acts 19:22), whence he is sent on a mission into Macedonia. He accompanied Paul afterwards into Asia (20:4), where he was with him for some time. When the apostle was a prisoner at Rome, Timothy joined him (Phil. 1:1), where it appears he also suffered imprisonment (Heb. 13:23). During the apostle's second imprisonment he wrote to Timothy, asking him to rejoin him as soon as possible, and to bring with him certain things which he had left at Troas, his cloak and parchments (2 Tim. 4:13). According to tradition, after the apostle's death he settled in Ephesus as his sphere of labour, and there found a martyr's grave.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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