fescue

noun
fes·​cue | \ ˈfe-(ˌ)skyü How to pronounce fescue (audio) \

Definition of fescue

1 : a small pointer (such as a stick) used to point out letters to children learning to read
2 : any of a genus (Festuca) of tufted perennial grasses with panicled spikelets

Examples of fescue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lavender and rosemary share space with dwarf Mexican bush sage, blue fescue, ‘Sunset’ manzanita, and shasta daisies. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two WaterSmart winners: Budget-smart beauty and colorful cottage," 5 Dec. 2020 Fine fescue varieties tolerate shadier areas better than other grasses but are prone to browning during the summer and cannot take as much foot traffic as tall fescues. Washington Post, "A good lawn starts with some homework," 26 Aug. 2020 Tall fescue is especially valuable in regions where a temperate climate shifts to hot, humid summers. Washington Post, "A good lawn starts with some homework," 26 Aug. 2020 Compact blue fescue adds a pop of water-wise color to edges. Sunset Magazine, "45 Things to Do in Your Garden Right Now," 3 Aug. 2020 Adding to the picturesque colors is the plethora of red-hot balls that Osterman played with and had no chance of finding in the fescue. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, "IU's Pfau Course 'has opportunity to be one of best college golf courses in the country.'," 12 June 2020 One way to start is to replace traditional water-demanding fescue and Kentucky bluegrass lawns with native grasses and dry gardens. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, "These 3 Common Gardening Mistakes Cause Harm to the Environment, Say Experts," 20 May 2020 Grass: Shibley recommends tough, hardy grasses from seed or sod like dwarf fescue, which is drought-tolerant, robust and resilient in sun or shade. oregonlive, "Mow a design in your lawn for World Labyrinth Day, stay calm during the coronavirus pandemic," 28 Apr. 2020 Note that there are different species of cool-season fine fescues, so be sure to plant one that’s recommended for your specific region. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Popular Types of Lawn Grass," 19 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fescue

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fescue

Middle English festu stalk, straw, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin festucum, from Latin festuca

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10 Dec 2020

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“Fescue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fescue. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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