: a large genus of mostly tufted perennial grasses comprising the fescues and having flat leaves and panicled spikelets with acute pointed or awned flowering scales see buffalo bunchgrass, sheep's fescue, tall fescue

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, stalk, straw, rod for touching slaves in manumission; probably akin to Latin ferula giant fennel

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“Festuca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Festuca. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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