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 My older son marveled at the new terrain: oak trees draped in Spanish moss, camelia and foxtail ferns, the ground alive with lizards and crabs. William Torrey, Longreads, 5 May 2022 Crawford’s wife, Jenny, of Branch Out Landscape Design, also in Carlsbad, added drought-tolerant plants to complement the house and deck, including red bougainvillea, plumeria, lomandra, asparagus foxtail ferns, agaves and pittosporum crassifolium. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 The fox tricks the barnyard animals in the foxtail version. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2021 My dog runs out in front with his nose to the ground, trying to tree a foxtail or gray. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 12 Jan. 2021 Don was there the first time Vladimir treed his first foxtail in the backyard. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 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, 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, 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,, 22 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of foxtail

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

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10 May 2022

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“Foxtail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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