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

  • n. Any of several grasses of the genus Phleum, especially P. pratense, native to Eurasia, and P. alpinum, of North America, having a dense cylindrical inflorescence of compressed, one-flowered spikelets and widely cultivated for hay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of about 15 species of annual and perennial grasses, of the genus Phleum, native to Europe, Asia and North Africa, with one species (P. alpinum) also in North and South America, widely cultivated as a fodder plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A kind of grass (Phleum pratense) with long cylindrical spikes; -- called also herd's grass, in England, cat's-tail grass, and meadow cat's-tail grass. It is much prized for fodder. See Illustration in Appendix.
  • A disciple and companion of St. Paul. He was the son of a Greek and a Jewess, and his home was either at Derbe, or Lystra in Lycaonia. Paul set him apart as a minister of the new gospel, and after preaching in Macedonia and Achaia, he went, at Paul's request to Ephesus, and accompanied the apostle to Jerusalem. It was to him that the two epistles to Timothy were addressed by the apostle Paul. According to tradition, Timothy suffered martyrdom under Domitian.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as timothy-grass.

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

  • n. a grass grown for hay
  • n. grass with long cylindrical spikes grown in northern United States and Europe for hay
  • n. a disciple of Saint Paul who became the leader of the Christian community at Ephesus


Probably after Timothy Hanson, an 18th-century American farmer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after Timothy Hanson, who carried the seed from New England to Maryland about 1720. (Wiktionary)



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  • Mr. Duncan walked aimlessly about while Mrs. Duncan set out the picnic food on the rock - alfalfa sandwiches, pickled oats, sassafras salad, timothy compote.

    - William Steig, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

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  • Eeeeew!

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  • Now I see what you mean!

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  • Lyrics to Timothy by Rupert Holmes
    Trapped in a mine that had caved in
    And everyone knows the only ones left
    Were Joe and me and Tim
    When they broke through to pull us free
    The only ones left to tell the tale
    Were Joe and me

    Timothy, Timothy, where on earth did you go?
    Timothy, Timothy, God why don't I know?

    Hungry as hell no food to eat
    And Joe said that he would sell his soul
    For just a piece of meat
    Water enough to drink for two
    And Joe said to me, "I'll have a swig
    And then there's some for you."

    Timothy, Timothy, Joe was looking at you
    Timothy, Timothy, God what did we do?

    I must have blacked out just around then
    'Cause the very next thing that I could see
    Was the light of the day again
    My stomach was full as it could be
    And nobody ever got around
    To finding Timothy

    January 20, 2008

  • How does this one go?

    January 20, 2008