Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various grasses of the genus Alopecurus, having dense, silky or bristly flowering spikes.
  • noun Any of several similar grasses, especially of the genera Hordeum and Setaria.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The tail of a fox. It was anciently one of the badges of a fool. [Properly fox-tail.]
  • noun 2. One of various species of grass with soft brush-like spikes of flowers, especially of the genus Alopecurus, and also of the genera Setaria and (in Jamaica) Andropogon. The meadow-foxtail, is Alopecurus pratensis; the slender foxtail
  • noun A club-moss, Lycopodium clavatum. [Prov. Eng.]
  • noun In metal., the cinder, of a more or less cylindrical from and hollow in the center, obtained in the last stage of the charcoal-finery process.

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

  • noun The tail or brush of a fox.
  • noun (Bot.) The name of several kinds of grass having a soft dense head of flowers, mostly the species of Alopecurus and Setaria.
  • noun (Metal.) The last cinders obtained in the fining process.
  • noun a dovetail saw.
  • noun See Fox wedge, under Fox.

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

  • noun The tail of a fox.
  • noun Any of various grasses having bushy seed spikelets that resemble the tail of a fox; particularly members of the genera Alopecurus and Setaria.
  • noun Any bushy seed spikelet.

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

  • noun grasses of the genera Alopecurus and Setaria having dense silky or bristly brushlike flowering spikes

Etymologies

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fox +‎ tail

Examples

  • - Grab a foxtail from the side of the pond before you leave.

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  • On the Hot Creek, White Pine, and Golden Gate ranges we find a still hardier and more picturesque species, called the foxtail pine, from its long dense leaf-tassels.

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  • The researchers also studied temperatures by looking at high-elevation trees, called foxtail pines, near Giant Forest.

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  • There are many wonderful selections, such as foxtail lilies, daffodils, peonies, however, be sure if you make a selection, note whether or not it will grow in Zone 8, irises, amaryllis, and many more.

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  • What we won't see until next year, and for the next five-seven years, is the result of an abundance of annual weeds, such as foxtail, mustard and ragweed.

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  • Most of the proofs are based on biological or historical evidence - but I did find one etymological aspect: while many claim that the name "shibolet shual" comes the spike, shibolet, of plant looking like the tail of a fox, shual, (and we find the phrase "foxtail" with a similar meaning in English), Feliks believes that the name comes from the fact that foxes like eating the softer two-rowed barley more than other grains, in the same way that invei shual ענבי

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  • Sara 7:52 pm: And axe and the foxtail are overused costume bits, often inappropriately used

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  • I saw the words: tropes, foxtail and battle axe and wonder what they have to do with steampunk.

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  • Rhynchostylis retusa, foxtail orchid, by Buddhini Samarasinghe — Plant is native to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and India.

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  • Fountain grass forms foxtail flowers in the fall, and these plumes wave over the foliage for three months or more.

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