fox·​tail | \ ˈfäks-ˌtāl How to pronounce foxtail (audio) \

Definition of foxtail

1a : the tail of a fox
b : something resembling the tail of a fox
2 : any of several grasses (especially genera Alopecurus, Hordeum, and Setaria) with spikes resembling brushes

called also foxtail grass

Examples of foxtail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don was there the first time Vladimir treed his first foxtail in the backyard. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Being a Parent (and a Kid) Hasn’t Been Easy in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 His compositions might consist of a single branch with a cluster of moss green dwarf chestnuts, or loose stems of pale water lilies or a spray of feathery foxtail barley. New York Times, "T Black Book: Florists," 18 Nov. 2020 Among the virtual rainbow of plants are foxtail agave, sea lavender, society garlic, blue chalksticks, lantana, Texas sundrop, paddle plants, butterfly bush, cape plumbago, agapanthus and a small bougainvillea bush. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rancho San Diego landscape earns award for colorful, waterwise ‘room with a view’," 20 Sep. 2020 For outdoors, hedera English ivy and foxtail fern work well in low light, while most sedums and asparagus fern need brighter light. Richard A. Marini,, "Green walls covered with plants can have mood-boosting, stress-reducing health benefits," 22 Aug. 2020 Deck pointed at wild cucumber, water hemp and foxtail — all weeds. Autumn Schoolman, Indianapolis Star, "'It keeps getting hotter and wetter': Indiana farmer doesn't need science to tell him climate change is to blame," 4 Feb. 2020 Keep the foxtails out, avoid them on walks, and invest in a special hood that protects your dog’s head and face. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Gardening in the Bay Area: Gardening with your pets," 19 Sep. 2019 Ray Caranci, landscape planner for West Palm Beach, said a previous beautification project downtown put in the foxtail palms because the design couldn’t accommodate canopy trees. Kimberly Miller,, "Oaks instead of palm trees? Florida’s iconic palms don’t cut it with climate change," 14 Nov. 2019 In addition to balms and salves that can help your four-legged friend, there is also a product that can help protect your dog from foxtails embedding in their ears, eyes and nose. Nicole Forsyth, The Mercury News, "Dollars and Pets: Paw, nose and ear protection," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of foxtail

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Foxtail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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