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

  • n. Chiefly British Orchard grass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The orchard-grass, Dactylis glomerata, tall and coarse, but valuable for hay, and growing well in the shade: so called from the dense branches of the one-sided panicle. It is native in Europe, but widely naturalized in other temperate countries.

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

  • n. widely grown stout Old World hay and pasture grass


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  • And the recent discovery of PPO activity in forage grasses, such as cocksfoot could allow the transfer of genetic material from these grasses to provide a protein protection mechanism that can be exploited.

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  • In view of St Buryan's church but out of sight of the Pipers menhirs, the 19 stones of the Merry Maidens appeared mired in their circle surrounded by cocksfoot and dandelions.

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  • He was pulling at the heads of the cocksfoot grass as he walked.

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  • Sometimes a mixture of cocksfoot, English rye-grass, and white clover is used, or the two grasses alone are planted.

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  • Thus in the dry sandy soil you may find broom, spurrey, sheep's fescue, pine trees, all with narrow leaves; whilst on the moister soil you may find burdock, primroses, cocksfoot and other broad-leaved plants.

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  • The test tube experiment should now be made with a narrow-leaved grass like sheep's fescue and with a wide-leaved grass like cocksfoot.

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  • Here is the rough "cocksfoot grass," with its head or

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  • English cocksfoot and rye grass, which had been put in gradually as the dense vine scrub was felled and burnt off, is now a barren desert, and nine families out of every ten which were renting properties have been compelled to leave the district and take up other lands.

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  • There was little knowledge of the various sorts of grasses at this time, and to Young is due the credit of introducing the cocksfoot, and crested dog's tail.

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  • After learning that eating sainfoin, but not fescue, was followed by a stomachache, the lambs knew to pick cocksfoot over alfalfa when given the choice in the future.

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