- 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
Examples from the Web for fescue
Meadow fescue is a palatable grass that would be used more often in pasture mixtures if the seed were not high in price.
This burrow is a vertical well, with a curb of fescue grass intertwined with silk.The Life of the Fly
J. Henri Fabre
The reader is probably acquainted with the Fescue Grass, with its awned flowers arranged in one-sided panicles.The Sea Shore
William S. Furneaux
The fescue (Festuca ovina), a little fern (Woodsia), and a saussurea ascend very near the summit.The Heart of Nature
Meadow Fescue is one of the most common of the fescue grasses, and is said to be the Randall grass of Virginia.Cattle and Their Diseases
Word Origin and History for fescue
1510s, "teacher's pointer," alteration of festu "piece of straw, twig" (late 14c.), from Old French festu (Modern French fétu), a kind of straw, from Vulgar Latin festucum, from Latin festuca "straw, stalk, rod," probably related to ferula (see ferule). Sense of "pasture, lawn grass" is first recorded 1762.