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 Tahoma 31 Bermudagrass overseeded with ryegrass will be planted Oct. 4, the day after the September Meet ends. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 15 Sep. 2021 Cool-season grasses such as ryegrass and fescue can be planted in the later part of the month. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2021 In Australia, farmers have resorted to lighting their fields on fire to prevent the spread of herbicide-resistant ryegrass. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 One approach is to overseed in the fall with a ryegrass that will hold green color through the winter, then die off with spring mowing. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 However, Kowalewski notes that perennial ryegrass and fescue, the two most common grasses in western Oregon, should not be cut low. oregonlive, 10 May 2021 Can Stefanos Tsitsipas translate his Slam success on French clay onto Wimbledon’s ryegrass? Corey Seymou, Vogue, 28 June 2021 Perennial ryegrass is fed to livestock in the United States and many other countries. Jeff Kart, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 If moss has been a problem, scratch the surface before seeding with perennial ryegrass. oregonlive, 7 Apr. 2021

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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 17 Oct. 2021.

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