Definition of fescue in US English:

fescue

noun

  • Any of a number of narrow-leaved grasses.

    a perennial grass that is a valuable lawn, pasture, and fodder species (genus Festuca, family Gramineae)

    an annual grass that typically occurs on drier soils such as on dunes and wasteland (genus Vulpia, family Gramineae)

    • ‘One of the grasses he likes best is the meadow fescue, a cross of fescue and perennial ryegrass.’
    • ‘Here in the north most of our lawns are a blend of fescues, perennial ryes, and Kentucky Blue Grass.’
    • ‘The grasses used may be native to the area or specially introduced species such as rye grass, fescue, or bent grasses, although sometimes cereals such as barley or oats are used.’
    • ‘Avoid any mixture containing bentgrass or tall fescue or more than 15 percent ryegrass.’
    • ‘The courses all feature a mixture of browntop bentgrass, fescues and other native turfgrasses.’
    • ‘Tall fescue and perennial ryegrass are more resistant than bluegrass and Bermuda.’
    • ‘Mixed stands with orchardgrass, ryegrass, tall fescue, and reed canarygrass can be harvested on a 4-cut schedule.’
    • ‘Choose grasses that require less water, such as Bermuda grass, buffalo grass, and the improved tall fescues, for dry climate lawns.’
    • ‘Lawns of Kentucky bluegrass, buffalo grass, and tall fescue go dormant in winter and can survive without irrigation for many months.’
    • ‘Two grass species, tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass were examined to address these objectives.’
    • ‘Here in the north a popular blend contains fine bladed perennial rye grass, fescue, and blue grass.’
    • ‘For example, in the northern United States, lawn seed mixes for shady areas will require more grasses called fescues, which like shade, and less Kentucky Bluegrass, the sun-loving grass of the North.’
    • ‘Then shade-tolerant turfgrasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass or hard fescue, can hold their own.’
    • ‘Tall fescue, a cool-season grass, is good-looking and heat-hardy but requires irrigation to make it through the dry season.’
    • ‘Playing surfaces will include bentgrass tees, fairways and greens, with bluegrass roughs and fescues in out-of-play areas.’
    • ‘Bahia, ryegrass, fine fescue, St. Augustine, and zoysia grasses need 2 to 4 pounds.’
    • ‘Fertilize warm-season grasses like Bermuda with a high-nitrogen formula; give fescues and other cool-season grasses one last feeding until fall.’
    • ‘Cool-season grasses, such as fescues and Kentucky bluegrass, are tall so you cut them higher.’
    • ‘A variety of grasses are used for different parts of the course: rye grass on the rough, a fescue / bent mix on the fairway and creeping bent on the greens.’
    • ‘The standing sward of rye, clovers, and fescues is increasingly varied with herbs like dock and comfrey, which help pull nutrients up from the subsoil.’

Origin

Middle English festu, festue ‘straw, twig’, from Old French festu, based on Latin festuca ‘stalk, straw’. The change of -t- to -c- occurred in the 16th century; the current sense dates from the mid 18th century.

Pronunciation

fescue

/ˈfeskyo͞o//ˈfɛskju/