red fescue


: a perennial pasture and turf fescue (Festuca rubra) of Eurasia and North America that has creeping rootstocks and reddish lemmas and sheaths

Examples of red fescue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2001, Wimbledon famously went from a mix of ryegrass and creeping red fescue to 100 percent ryegrass, which allowed for firmer courts and cleaner bounces. Helmuth Rosales, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2023 In 2002, tournament officials approved a switch from a mix of ryegrass and creeping red fescue to pure ryegrass. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 26 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red fescue was in 1900

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“Red fescue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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