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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cook came up with a mixture of perennial and Kentucky ryegrass, yarrow, clovers and English daisy that is sold today as Fleur de lawn. oregonlive, 18 July 2022 The clover program goes hand-in-hand with a ryegrass program. Nick Perry, ajc, 14 Nov. 2022 The key ingredients are yarrow, clover and a non-invasive grass such as perennial ryegrass or hard fescue (or a mix of the two). Kym Pokorny, oregonlive, 26 Sep. 2022 There was a riot of nettles, ferns, ryegrass, scutch, goosefoot, wild oat, green amaranth, chicory, sorrel, cockspur, and the like, otherwise known as weeds by farmers throughout the world. . . . Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2022 Blends include different varieties of bluegrass, as well as other grasses such as perennial ryegrass, hard fescue and chewings fescue. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 10 Sep. 2022 No more Federer playing the last Sunday on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, that manicured ryegrass effectively his living room for a generation. Jason Gay, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2022 Eventually, a lawn could end up a simple mixture of clover and perennial ryegrass, which allows the look of a traditional lawn with the benefit of clover providing food for pollinators and nitrogen for the other plants. oregonlive, 18 July 2022 And fine fescue is also commonly used in seed mixes, often blended with bluegrass and ryegrass seeds. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1690, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ryegrass was in 1690

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“Ryegrass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ryegrass. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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