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or timothy grass

[tim-uh-thee] /ˈtɪm ə θi/
noun, plural timothies.
a coarse grass, Phleum pratense, having cylindrical spikes, used as fodder.
Origin of timothy
First recorded in 1730-40; named after Timothy Hanson, American farmer who cultivated it in the early 18th century Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They were irrigated, and had been sown and re-sown with timothy grass and clover.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Her pasture should be timothy grass or native grass free from weeds; clover alone is bad.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • Out of the region of fennel we passed into one of red and white clover, timothy grass and wild oats.

    The Lands of the Saracen Bayard Taylor
  • Give me that Dakota cow made out of grain, with a tail of timothy grass, and straw legs, and corn ear horns.

  • Just as the Englishmen had used only timothy grass in their cases, Koessler used rag weed exclusively.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever George Frederick Laidlaw
  • On cutting into base, found ulceration and a head of timothy grass, four or five inches long.

    Cattle and Their Diseases Robert Jennings
  • On the other side, where timothy grass and oats had grown, was stubble, dotted by tall stumps and fern.

    Northwest! Harold Bindloss
  • Tommy amused herself by tickling Busters ear with a long, dead stalk of timothy grass.

British Dictionary definitions for timothy grass

timothy grass

a perennial grass, Phleum pratense, of temperate regions, having erect stiff stems and cylindrical flower spikes: grown for hay and pasture
Word Origin
C18: apparently named after a Timothy Hanson, who brought it to colonial Carolina


noun (New Testament)
Saint. a disciple of Paul, who became leader of the Christian community at Ephesus. Feast day: Jan 26 or 22
either of the two books addressed to him (in full The First and Second Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Timothy), containing advice on pastoral matters
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for timothy grass


masc. proper name, from French Timothée, from Latin Timotheus, from Greek Timotheos, literally "honoring God," from time "honor, respect" + theos "god" (see Thea).



1747, short for timothy grass (1736), American English name for "meadow cat's-tail grass" (Phleum pratense), a native British grass introduced to the American colonies and cultivated there from c.1720, said to be so called for Timothy Hanson, who was first to cultivate it as an agricultural plant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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