from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of grasses, including the timothy (Phleum pratense), which is highly valued for hay; cat's-tail grass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of grasses of the tribe Agrostideæ, type of the subtribe Phleoideæ, and characterized by the dense cylindrical or ovoid spike, with the empty glumes wingless, mucronate, or short-awned, and much longer than the flowering one.
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- n. grasses native to temperate regions
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The spike is shorter than the spike of the phleum pratense, and is also softer.