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 The water-thirsty fescue will be hard-pressed to stay alive in communities facing water restrictions, which include about 6 million people in Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Tall fescue stands up to hot, dry weather much better than other cool-season grasses, and its thick, coarse, dark green leaves can withstand heavy foot traffic and mechanized lawn equipment. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 15 Mar. 2022 And fine fescue is also commonly used in seed mixes, often blended with bluegrass and ryegrass seeds. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 15 Mar. 2022 The key ingredients are micro clover, yarrow, perennial ryegrass and hard fescue. oregonlive, 27 Feb. 2022 Two in particular, zoysia and bermuda grass, are more heat-resistant options and require less water than fescue. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021 For example, fine fescue can be planted in an area with dense shade, where tall fescue doesn’t grow well. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Cool-season grasses such as ryegrass and fescue can be planted in the later part of the month. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2021 For a modest 1,000-square-foot lawn, that would translate to around $500 for fescue, $850 for bermudagrass and $1,250 for zoysia. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

21 May 2022

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“Fescue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fescue. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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