Origin of foxtail

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at fox, tail1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. any grass of the genus Alopecurus, esp A. pratensis, of Europe, Asia, and South America, having soft cylindrical spikes of flowers: cultivated as a pasture grass
  2. any of various similar and related grasses, esp any of the genus Setaria
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