Agrostology


Agrostology

Agrostology (from Greek _gr. ἄγρωστις, "agrōstis", "type of grass"; and _gr. -λογία, "-logia") is the scientific study of grasses. It typically encompasses the "true grasses" (the family Poaceae), as well as the more grasslike species of the sedge family (Cyperaceae), the rush family (Juncaceae), and the bulrush or cattail family Typhaceae. Grasslike plants are also referred to as graminoids.

Agrostology has importance in the maintenance of wild and grazed grasslands, agriculture (crop plants such as rice, maize, sugarcane, and wheat are grasses, and many types of animal fodder are grasses), urban and environmental horticulture, turfgrass management and sod production, ecology, and conservation.

External links

* [http://www.noble.org/imagegallery/grasses.html Photos of grasses]


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  • Agrostology — Ag ros*tol ogy, n. [Gr. ? + logy.] That part of botany which treats of the grasses. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • agrostology — [ag΄rəs täl′ə jē] n. [< L agrostis < Gr agrōstis, kind of grass < agros, a field (see ACRE) + LOGY] the branch of botany dealing with grasses …   English World dictionary

  • agrostology — agrostologic /euh gros tl oj ik/, agrostological, adj. agrostologist, n. /ag reuh stol euh jee/, n. the branch of botany dealing with grasses. [1840 50; < Gk ágrost(is) name of certain grasses + O + LOGY] * * * ▪ botany       the branch of botany …   Universalium

  • agrostology — ləjē noun ( es) Etymology: Greek agrōstis + English o + logy : the branch of systematic botany that deals with the grasses * * * agrostology (ægrəˈstɒlədʒɪ) [f. agrost is + ology discourse.] ‘That part of botany …   Useful english dictionary

  • agrostology — noun The study of grasses …   Wiktionary

  • agrostology — science or study of grasses Sciences and Studies …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • agrostology — n. study of grasses, branch of botany …   English contemporary dictionary

  • agrostology — [ˌagrə stɒlədʒi] noun the branch of botany concerned with grasses. Origin C19: from Gk agrōstis (denoting a kind of grass) + logy …   English new terms dictionary

  • agrostology — ag·ros·tol·o·gy …   English syllables

  • agrostology — /ægrəsˈtɒlədʒi/ (say agruhs toluhjee) noun the branch of botany that deals with grasses. {Greek agrōstis kind of grass + o + logy} –agrostologist, noun …   Australian English dictionary