Fescue
Fescue Fes"cue (f[e^]s"k[-u]), n. [OE. festu, OF. festu, F. f['e]tu, fr. L. festuca stalk, straw.] 1. A straw, wire, stick, etc., used chiefly to point out letters to children when learning to read. ``Pedantic fescue.'' --Sterne. [1913 Webster]

To come under the fescue of an imprimatur. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. An instrument for playing on the harp; a plectrum. [Obs.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

3. The style of a dial. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Bot.) A grass of the genus {Festuca}. [1913 Webster]

{Fescue grass} (Bot.), a genus of grasses ({Festuca}) containing several species of importance in agriculture. {Festuca ovina} is {sheep's fescue}; {F. elatior} is {meadow fescue}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Fescue — Fes cue (f[e^]s k[ u]), v. i. & t. [imp. & p. p. {Fescued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fescuing}.] To use a fescue, or teach with a fescue. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fescue — (n.) 1510s, teacher s pointer, alteration of festu piece of straw, twig (late 14c.), from O.Fr. festu (Mod.Fr. fétu), a kind of straw, from V.L. festucum, from L. festuca straw, stalk, rod, probably related to ferula (see FERULE (Cf. ferule)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fescue — [fes′kyo͞o΄] n. [ME festu < OFr < L festuca, a straw, blade of grass] 1. Rare a long stick, straw, etc., used as a teacher s pointer 2. any of a genus (Festuca) of grasses, many of which are used in the temperate zone as lawn and pasture… …   English World dictionary

  • Fescue — Taxobox name = Fescue image width = 240px image caption = Meadow Fescue ( Festuca pratensis ) regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Liliopsida ordo = Poales familia = Poaceae genus = Festuca genus authority = L. subdivision ranks =… …   Wikipedia

  • fescue — /fes kyooh/, n. 1. Also called fescue grass. any grass of the genus Festuca, some species of which are cultivated for pasture or lawns. 2. a pointer, as a straw or slender stick, used to point out the letters in teaching children to read. [1350… …   Universalium

  • fescue — /ˈfɛskju / (say feskyooh) noun 1. any grass of the genus Festuca, some species of which, especially Chewings fescue and creeping red fescue, are cultivated for pasture or lawns. 2. any of several grasses belonging to other related genera, as… …   Australian English dictionary

  • fescue — noun /ˈfɛskjuː/ a) A straw, wire, stick, etc., used chiefly to point out letters to children when learning to read. , 1997: ‘Now then,’ Mason rapping upon the Table’s Edge with a sinister looking Fescue of Ebony, whose List of Uses simple… …   Wiktionary

  • fescue — fes·cue (fesґku) 1. any grass of the genus Festuca. 2. fescue foot …   Medical dictionary

  • fescue — eraičinas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių (Poaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Festuca). atitikmenys: lot. Festuca angl. fescue vok. Schwingel rus. овсяница lenk. kostrzewa …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • fescue — eraičinas statusas T sritis augalininkystė apibrėžtis Daugiamečių, miglinių (Poaceae), seniau varpinių (Gramineae), šeimos augalų gentis. atitikmenys: lot. Festuca angl. fescue rus. овсяница …   Žemės ūkio augalų selekcijos ir sėklininkystės terminų žodynas

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