[ pan-ik ]
/ ˈpæn ɪk /
Also called panic grass. any grass of the genus Panicum, many species of which bear edible grain.
Origin of panic2
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin pānicum a kind of millet
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British Dictionary definitions for panic grass (1 of 3)
any of various grasses of the genus Panicum, such as millet, grown in warm and tropical regions for fodder and grain
Word Origin for panic grass
C15 panic, from Latin pānicum, probably a back formation from pānicula panicle
British Dictionary definitions for panic grass (2 of 3)
/ (ˈpænɪk) /
a sudden overwhelming feeling of terror or anxiety, esp one affecting a whole group of people
(modifier) of or resulting from such terrorpanic measures
verb -ics, -icking or -icked
to feel or cause to feel panic
Derived Formspanicky, adjective
Word Origin for panic
C17: from French panique, from New Latin pānicus, from Greek panikos emanating from Pan, considered as the source of irrational fear
British Dictionary definitions for panic grass (3 of 3)
/ (ˈpænɪk) /
of or relating to the god Pan
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Medicine definitions for panic grass
[ păn′ĭk ]
A sudden overpowering feeling of terror.
Related formspan′ic v.
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Idioms and Phrases with panic grass
see push the panic button.
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