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- n. Any of several grasses of the genus Phalaris
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of grasses, type of the tribe Phalarideæ, characterized by the dense spike, head, or thyrsus, the lower two glumes larger than the others, the third and fourth short and blunt or bristle-like, and the fifth broader and thinner.
- n. In zoology, a genus of hemipterous insects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a genus of grasses with broad leaves and a dense spike of flowers
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I expect to see a recant of the dissing of the genus phalaris now.
Everybody I know grows batches of phalaris grass and owns a bunch of chemistry *****.
Ajuga reptans in bloom with cerastium far left, scilla peruviana in bud and dwarf ribbon grass, phalaris arundinacea picta ‘Dwarf’s Garters’.