Definition of squirreltail in US English:


(also squirreltail grass)


  • A kind of barley with bushy spikelets, sometimes cultivated as an ornamental grass.

    Hordeum jubatum, family Gramineae

    • ‘The chaparral is much like that of Santa Fe: Piñon, sagebrush, snake bush, rice grass, squirrel-tail grass, sweet grass, and an occasional clump of prickly pear cactus.’
    • ‘Seas of squirrel-tail grass shimmered around our ankles, always looking slightly out of focus as they rippled.’
    • ‘The awns of Squirrel-tail Grass show a backward curving which, wedgelike, raises each spikelet from those below and soon separates the ripened spike, joint from joint.’
    • ‘Vegetation consists predominantly of big sagebrush, little sagebrush, rabbitbrush, snowberry, bluebunch wheatgrass, Idaho fescue, and squirreltail grass.’
    • ‘Robust towering angelica shelters the shell-like pea-green flowers of bells of Ireland, the graceful wisps of squirrel-tail grass and pineapple-like inflorescences of Eucomis bicolor.’