from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several ryegrasses, especially Lolium temulentum.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The popular name of Lolium temulentum, one of the few reputed deleterious grasses.
  • Like darnel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) Any grass of the genus Lolium, esp. the Lolium temulentum (bearded darnel), the grains of which have been reputed poisonous. Other species, as Lolium perenne (rye grass or ray grass), and its variety Lolium Italicum (Italian rye grass), are highly esteemed for pasture and for making hay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several species of ryegrass, genus Lolium.

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

  • noun weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous


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

[Middle English.]


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