reed canary grass

Origin of reed canary grass

First recorded in 1750–60

canary grass

noun
  1. any of various grasses of the genus Phalaris, as P. canariensis, native to the Canary Islands, bearing seed used as food for cage birds, or P. arundinacea (reed canary grass), used throughout the Northern Hemisphere as fodder.

Origin of canary grass

First recorded in 1660–70
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British Dictionary definitions for reed canary grass

canary grass

noun
  1. any of various grasses of the genus Phalaris, esp P. canariensis, that is native to Europe and N Africa and has straw-coloured seeds used as birdseed
  2. reed canary grass a related plant, Phalaris arundinacea, used as fodder throughout the N hemisphere
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