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[foks-teyl] /ˈfɒksˌteɪl/
the tail of a fox.
any of various grasses having soft, brushlike spikes of flowers.
Origin of foxtail
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at fox, tail1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • He was not used, he said, "to flatter or to tickle with a foxtail."

  • The larv feed on the roots of grasses, having particular liking for the roots of foxtail, timothy and blue-grass.

  • Asher was chewing the tender joint of a spear of foxtail grass, and Champers had lighted a heavy cigar.

    Winning the Wilderness Margaret Hill McCarter
  • The "foxtail" milkwort, whose name I don't accept, C. 1006, is intermediate between this and the next species.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 John Ruskin
  • Those who travel and camp among the highest mountains of California are often indebted to foxtail pine for their fuel.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The bullet pierced his manly breast—yet, valiant to the last, Young Fixings drew his bowie-knife, and up his foxtail cast.

    The Bon Gaultier Ballads William Edmonstoune Aytoun
  • "Here's my enemy, I meet it on every hand," said Gill, twisting up a tuft of foxtail grass.

    The Old Market-Cart Mrs. F. B. Smith
  • "You might race to the near end of foxtail Island," suggested Ruth, and pointed to an island some distance down the lake.

    The Rover Boys at Colby Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • Just above the aspens we entered a fine, close growth of foxtail pine, the tallest and most evenly planted I had yet seen.

    Steep Trails John Muir
  • The honey clover, foxtail, mullein, and dill-poppies had closed over the horrible path-way leading to the church door-block.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for foxtail


any grass of the genus Alopecurus, esp A. pratensis, of Europe, Asia, and South America, having soft cylindrical spikes of flowers: cultivated as a pasture grass
any of various similar and related grasses, esp any of the genus Setaria
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