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timothy

or tim·othy grass

[tim-uh-thee]
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noun, plural tim·o·thies.
  1. a coarse grass, Phleum pratense, having cylindrical spikes, used as fodder.
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Origin of timothy

First recorded in 1730–40; named after Timothy Hanson, American farmer who cultivated it in the early 18th century
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British Dictionary definitions for timothy grass

timothy grass

timothy

noun
  1. a perennial grass, Phleum pratense, of temperate regions, having erect stiff stems and cylindrical flower spikes: grown for hay and pasture
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Word Origin

C18: apparently named after a Timothy Hanson, who brought it to colonial Carolina

Timothy

noun New Testament
  1. Saint. a disciple of Paul, who became leader of the Christian community at Ephesus. Feast day: Jan 26 or 22
  2. either of the two books addressed to him (in full The First and Second Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Timothy), containing advice on pastoral matters
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Word Origin and History for timothy grass

Timothy

masc. proper name, from French Timothée, from Latin Timotheus, from Greek Timotheos, literally "honoring God," from time "honor, respect" + theos "god" (see Thea).

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timothy

n.

1747, short for timothy grass (1736), American English name for "meadow cat's-tail grass" (Phleum pratense), a native British grass introduced to the American colonies and cultivated there from c.1720, said to be so called for Timothy Hanson, who was first to cultivate it as an agricultural plant.

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