Origin of cock's-foot
First recorded in 1690–1700; so called from the appearance of the panicles
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Examples from the Web for cocksfoot
It feeds on cocksfoot and various other grasses occurring in woodlands.
It feeds on cocksfoot and other grasses from June to August.
Sometimes a mixture of cocksfoot, English rye-grass, and white clover is used, or the two grasses alone are planted.Australia The Dairy Country
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Cocksfoot is a tall and quick growing plant, and both the stem and flower feel rough and hard.Wildflowers of the Farm
Arthur Owens Cooke
Here is the rough "cocksfoot grass," with its head or "panicle" as it is called, upright and tufted.
- a perennial Eurasian grass, Dactylis glomerata, cultivated as a pasture grass in North America and South Africa
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