or tim·othy grass
- a coarse grass, Phleum pratense, having cylindrical spikes, used as fodder.
Origin of timothy
- a perennial grass, Phleum pratense, of temperate regions, having erect stiff stems and cylindrical flower spikes: grown for hay and pasture
- 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
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.