rye·​grass | \ ˈrī-ˌgras How to pronounce ryegrass (audio) \

Definition of ryegrass

: any of several grasses (genus Lolium) especially : either of two grasses (L. perenne and L. multiflorum) that are used as lawn and pasture grasses and as cover crops

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Recent Examples on the Web The weedkiller portion of that product probably has a pre-emergent component to it, and that would keep your ryegrass seed from germinating. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Neil Sperry: Hydrangeas not blooming? You’re not alone," 1 Oct. 2020 Perennial ryegrass has very thin, soft, pointed leaves, but is surprisingly resilient to foot traffic. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Popular Types of Lawn Grass," 19 Apr. 2020 Cover crops further bolster the carbon-​farming lifestyle. Sown to enrich the soil rather than for harvest, plants like clovers, vetch, and various inedible radishes and ryegrasses are among the most common. Brian Barth, Popular Science, "The secret to curbing farm emissions is buried in the Stone Age," 1 Apr. 2020 The lawn is that bright-green ryegrass with brown jigsaw pieces where somebody sprayed ant poison. Lee Durkee, Harper's Magazine, "Ride or Die," 30 Mar. 2020 Wimbledon’s courts are built from perennial ryegrass cut to 8 millimeters that, according to the club, requires 13 days of hard and dry soil underneath to play properly without incurring any damage. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If Wimbledon is canceled, tennis history likely altered forever," 26 Mar. 2020 Nothing is static, not the bluegrass-ryegrass blend growing out there, not the architecture, not the angle of the sun hitting the seats. New York Times, "‘The Cactus League,’ by Emily Nemens: An Excerpt," 3 Feb. 2020 If sowed too early, diseases affect the ryegrass and cause decline. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Dry root balls main reason for azalea decline," 26 Oct. 2019 Even cool-season grasses like fescue and ryegrass will be sluggish at best. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Autumn sage salvia blooms best after extensive pruning, just like bush roses," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of ryegrass

1690, in the meaning defined above

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“Ryegrass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ryegrass. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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