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wild rye

noun
1.
any grass of the genus Elymus, somewhat resembling rye.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55
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wild rye

noun
1.
any of various perennial grasses of the N temperate genus Elymus, resembling cultivated rye in having paired bristly ears or spikes and flat leaves
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any of a group of about 50 species of perennial forage grasses in the family Poaceae that are native to temperate and cool parts of the Northern Hemisphere. Giant wild rye (Elymus cinereus), Virginia wild rye (E. virginicus), and Canada wild rye (E. canadensis) are the most widespread North American species

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