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redtop

[red-top]
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noun
  1. any of several grasses of the genus Agrostis having reddish panicles, as A. gigantea, widely cultivated for lawns and pasturage.

Origin of redtop

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; red1 + top1
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Examples from the Web for redtop

Historical Examples

  • Timothy and redtop and witch-grass are the very children of olus.

    In the Open

    Stanton Davis Kirkham

  • Some other grasses may also be added under certain conditions, or substituted for timothy or redtop.

  • In the Southern states a good meadow or pasture can be made of orchard grass, red clover, and redtop.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • In New England, timothy, red clover, and redtop are generally used for the mowing crop.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • Soils that produce sorrel and redtop when red clover and timothy are sown need drainage or liming or both.