- any grass of the genus Elymus, somewhat resembling rye.
Origin of wild rye
First recorded in 1745–55
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With the wild-rye are mixed bunch-grass, blue-joint, and quantities of the wild-pea vine.Two Years in Oregon
- any of various perennial grasses of the N temperate genus Elymus, resembling cultivated rye in having paired bristly ears or spikes and flat leaves