American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A widely cultivated Eurasian grass (Agrostis gigantea) having reddish flower clusters.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of bent-grass, Agrostis vulgaris (A. alba, var. vulgaris). The species is common throughout the northern parts of the Old World, and is thoroughly naturalized in America. It is marked to the eye by its large light panicle of minute spikelets on delicate branches, which is of a reddish hue. Other varieties, called fiorin, white bent, etc., have a whitish top and a longer ligule. Redtop, at least in the United States, is a highly valued pasture-grass, and is also sown for hay. It forms a fine turf, and is suitable for lawns. Also called fine bent, finetop-grass, and herd's-grass.
- n. uncountable A kind of grass (Agrostis vulgaris) highly valued in the United States for pasturage and hay for cattle.
- n. countable Species of the genus Agrostis, the bentgrasses.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A kind of grass (Agrostis vulgaris) highly valued in the United States for pasturage and hay for cattle; -- called also
English grass, and in some localities herd's grass. See Illustrationin Appendix. The tall redtop is Triodia seslerioides.
“Rhode Island Bent, known as redtop, is less exacting, and where it thrives to the exclusion of timothy, or is in evidence in grass lands, the inference is fairly safe that a test would show that the soil is sour.”
“Dodgy UK daily "redtop" tabloid The Sun has amazed Fall fans the world over by placing the band at number three in their Boxset of the Year awards in today's edition.”
“Many redtop and mid-market editors, if asked, would opt to be called tradespeople, not professionals.”
“What is true is that, time and again, they import hardened redtop operators from the UK or Australia to fight their editorial battles for them.”
“This isn't like a Sunday redtop slapping "Exclusive" on every tatty tale in town.”
“But it's no surprise that the redtop made an exception for Femen last year.”
“And that the redtop tabloids Rebekah left behind were up 1.37% on February and only 3.11% down year on year, so they aren't out of the game yet by any means.”
“We – or so we are told - all have said this for years, "but when the by-far-the-biggest non-redtop endorses it," it is a cause for celebration.”
“I don't read the Times, it's a redtop without the red bit on the cover.”
“And, while the "frightened fifteen", clutching their "lucky bags" revel in the warm embrace of their mummies and daddies, and sundry other "loved ones", the redtop has made it clear it sees a link between the bomb in Basra and what it calls the "Tehran tyrant".”
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