fescue

noun

fes·​cue ˈfe-(ˌ)skyü How to pronounce fescue (audio)
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 firm looks to replace traditional lawns with low-maintenance and environmentally friendly fescue grasses, which require less water and less mowing. Paola Singer, Robb Report, 10 Mar. 2024 Crews will follow that water line, taking advantage of the moisture in the soil to plant seeds from more than 98 native plant species including wooly sunflower, Idaho fescue and Blue bunch wheat grass. Adam Beam, Fortune, 31 July 2023 Native grasses—timothy, brome, fescue—bowed to the wind, heads heavy with seeds. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 Eco-Grass is a mix of native grasses and a blue fescue that can grow with less fertilizer, water, and mowing. Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Jan. 2024 Bee lawns, originally developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota, combine white clover, shelf-heal, and creeping thyme flowers with fine fescue grass. Anne Readel, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2023 Scattered parts of my fescue lawn are looking yellow-brown while the rest of the turf is fine. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 3 Aug. 2023 Crews will follow that water line, taking advantage of the moisture in the soil to plant seeds from more than 98 native plant species including wooly sunflower, Idaho fescue, and Blue bunch wheat grass. Adam Beam, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 July 2023 The odds of Wyndham Clark winning the U.S. Open were as long as the shin-deep fescue surrounding the Los Angeles Country Club bunkers. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fescue was in 1589

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Cite this Entry

“Fescue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fescue. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

fescue

noun
fes·​cue ˈfes-(ˌ)kyü How to pronounce fescue (audio)
: a tufted perennial grass

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