: a genus of grasses found in temperate regions and having slender culms, flat leaves, and soft spikes see meadow foxtail

Word History


New Latin, from Greek alōpekouros beard grass (Polypogon monspeliensis), from alōpek-, alōpēx fox + -ouros -urous

First Known Use

circa 1763, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Alopecurus was circa 1763

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“Alopecurus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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