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1Any of several kinds of foxtail grass which grow as weeds of cultivated land; especially slender foxtail, Alopecurus myosuroides (formerly called A. agrestis), which can cause serious yield loss in cereal crops.
2North American Chiefly North American. A kind of rush, Juncus gerardii, found in salt marshes in North America and parts of Europe, formerly cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Ellis (c1700–1758), agriculturist and writer. From black + grass.
black grass/ˌblak ˈɡrɑːs//ˌblak ˈɡras/
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