[ fes-kyoo ]
/ ˈfɛs kyu /


Also called fescue grass. any grass of the genus Festuca, some species of which are cultivated for pasture or lawns.
a pointer, as a straw or slender stick, used to point out the letters in teaching children to read.

Origin of fescue

1350–1400; earlier festue, Middle English festu < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *festūcum, for Latin festūca stalk, straw
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fescue grass

/ (ˈfɛskjuː) /


any grass of the genus Festuca : widely cultivated as pasture and lawn grasses, having stiff narrow leavesSee also meadow fescue, sheep's fescue

Word Origin for fescue

C14: from Old French festu, ultimately from Latin festūca stem, straw
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