fox·​tail | \ˈfäks-ˌtāl \

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

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Those who do are rewarded with a meticulous composition rendering everything from oregano to hydrangeas to foxtail and clematis. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "This Artist’s Flower “Fossils” Are a New Way to Bring Nature Indoors," 27 July 2018 Once we were finished, each of us would take home the equivalent of one quarter of a 335-pound side, which had come from an animal that had spent its life in a pasture feasting on foxtail and fescue. Vogue, "3 Writers On Living Sustainably In 2018," 21 June 2018 That treatment will prevent germination of annual bluegrass (Poa annua), rescuegrass, foxtail and ryegrass. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "If your yard is in the weeds, here are some tips to control them | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 Beds close to the house are layered with foxtail ferns, autumn ferns and gingers. Susan Langenhennig,, "Three front yards take top prizes in Jazzin' Up the Neighborhood garden contest," 21 Dec. 2017 Wildlife Management Area dove fields: Bayou Pierre WMA, northwest Red River Parish, 30 acres planted in brown-top millet, 3 acres barnyard grass and foxtail. Todd Masson,, "Louisiana opens several public fields to dove hunters," 30 Aug. 2017 Look for small branches resembling foxtails, and dark green needles in clusters of five. Chris Erskine,, "Wander amid the world's greatest, oldest trees at Bristlecone Pine Forest," 19 Aug. 2017 Those who attended the garden tour got to see Domanski-Miville’s foxtail lilies in bloom — tall, odd wands of sulfur yellow. Anna Webb, idahostatesman, "Milkweed, cacti, foul-smelling voodoo lilies: Visit a small — but intense — Boise garden," 23 June 2017 Unlike the replicas on sale now, however, Newton’s had what appeared to be mini foxtails attached to the heels. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Here’s how you can get a pair of Cam Newton’s limited edition cleats," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of foxtail

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

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