from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various grasses of the genus Festuca, often cultivated as pasturage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A straw, wire, stick, etc., used chiefly to point out letters to children when learning to read.
  • n. A hardy grass commonly used to border golf fairways in temperate climates. Any member of the genus Festuca.
  • v. To use a fescue, or teach with a fescue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A straw, wire, stick, etc., used chiefly to point out letters to children when learning to read.
  • n. An instrument for playing on the harp; a plectrum.
  • n. The style of a dial.
  • n. A grass of the genus Festuca.
  • v. To use a fescue, or teach with a fescue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To use a fescue in teaching pupils to read.
  • n. A straw, wire, pin, or slender stick used to point out the letters to children when learning to read. See first extract under ferular.
  • n. A plectrum with which a lyre or dulcimer is played.
  • n. The style or straight rod by which the shadow is cast in sun-dials of certain forms, as in those set upon upright walls. See sun-dial.
  • n. Fescue-grass. See Festuca.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. grass with wide flat leaves cultivated in Europe and America for permanent pasture and hay and for lawns


Alteration of Middle English festu, straw, from Old French, from Late Latin festūcum, from Latin festūca.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French festu (modern fétu), from Proto-Romance festu, from Latin festuca ‘stalk, stem, straw’. (Wiktionary)


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  • The fairways will be the native fescue, which is already growing in the slacks.

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  • "John and his mother swished through carpets of vetches and fescues or pushed their way through the bushes, splashing through springs that broke through the turf and flowed through the grass in secret cascades."
    John Saturnall's Feast by Lawrence Norfolk, p 42

    November 10, 2012

  • The style of a dial. --Century Dictionary

    September 28, 2011