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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In other lab rooms Gao grows new varieties of lettuce, bananas, ryegrass, and strawberries. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "To feed its 1.4 billion, China bets big on genome editing of crops," 29 July 2019 Cool-season grasses like Kentucky blue grass, ryegrass and fescue are their preferred turf for egg laying. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to get bad insects out of your garden, from Japanese beetles to spider mites," 24 June 2019 By mid-June fertilize cool-season lawn grass (turf-type tall fescue, ryegrass and Kentucky blue grass). Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to salvage your garden after a Colorado hail storm rips it apart," 11 June 2019 Lynn Stadium's facilities team normally kills out ryegrass and grows in Bermuda grass to transition the turf from winter to summer. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "LouCity is winning at Lynn Stadium - so why didn't this happen sooner?," 18 June 2018 That treatment will prevent germination of annual bluegrass (Poa annua), rescuegrass, foxtail and ryegrass. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "If your yard is in the weeds, here are some tips to control them | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 The paper straw was patented in 1888 by Marvin C. Stone who had the idea while sipping an inferior mint julep with a ryegrass straw. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Bottoms up! Garden & Gun Magazine will feature Louisville's Mint Julep month promotion," 4 Apr. 2018 When the ryegrass is in decline, sow the bahia seed. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Keep corn feeders in check with natural sprays," 21 Apr. 2018 The dominant lawn grass in the Willamette Valley is perennial ryegrass, which does not produce rhizomes or stolons and therefore does not accumulate excessive amounts of thatch. OregonLive.com, "The truth behind 6 gardening myths," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ryegrass

1690, in the meaning defined above

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