One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of numerous grasses of the genus Panicum, which includes European millet, P. miliaceum, and several other important cereals and fodder grasses; panic grass; (in form Panicum) the genus itself.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philip Miller (1691–1771), horticulturist and writer. From classical Latin pānicum panic, adopted by Linnaeus ( Species Plantarum I. 55) and earlier botanists as the name of a genus.
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