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

  • n. An annual Mediterranean grass (Phalaris canariensis) having grains used as food for caged birds, such as canaries.
  • n. Any of several related grasses, such as reed canary grass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Phalaris canariensis, a grass whose seeds are used as birdseed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a grass of the genus Phalaris (Phalaris Canariensis), producing the seed used as food for canary birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Phalaris Canariensis, natural order Gramine├Ž, a native of the Canary islands.
  • n. The reed canary-grass (also called reed-grass) is widely diffused in wet places over the northern hemisphere. In the northwestern United States it is called crazy-grass, on account of its supposed effect on horses, which, however, is probably due to ergot with which it is infested. The Southern or American canary-grass, Phalaris Caroliniana, ranging through the Southern States to California, is regarded in the Eastern States as valuable for winter and spring pasture. This, or a form with an inflorescence appearing much like Phleum, is called Southern or Apache timothy. The blue or purple canary-grass is Phalaris amcthystina, a native Californian species of moderate value. P. minor and P. paradoxa are Mediterranean species introduced into California.

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

  • n. Canary Islands grass; seeds used as feed for caged birds

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