One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An oatlike grass that is sometimes grown for fodder or ornamental purposes.
- ‘The majority of their diet should be free-choice grass hays such as timothy, orchard grass or brome.’
- ‘The most common cool-season grasses are orchard grass, smooth brome, meadow brome and creeping foxtail.’
- ‘After moving to their present farm in 2000 they tilled the ground and seeded it to perennial ryegrass, Alyce white clover, brome and meadow fescue, with annual ryegrass as a cover crop.’
- ‘For grassy weeds, especially winter annual grasses like downy brome, cheatgrass, and volunteer wheat, use Poast Plus or Select herbicides before grasses are 4 inches tall.’
- ‘In fact, only a small portion of the brome and orchard grass germinated at all.’
Mid 18th century: from modern Latin Bromus, from Greek bromos ‘oat’.
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