Meaning of foxtail in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɒksteɪl/


  • A common meadow grass that has soft brushlike flowering spikes.

    Genus Alopecurus, family Gramineae: several species, in particular A. pratensis

    ‘The most common cool-season grasses are orchard grass, smooth brome, meadow brome and creeping foxtail.’
    • ‘Species found in the meadows include great burnet, meadow foxtail, red fescue, meadow saffron, narrow-leaved water-dropwort, mousetail, and the unusual small-flowered winter-cress on bare banks of the Severn.’
    • ‘It is for control of black nightshade, kochia, lambs-quarters, pigweed, waterhemp, foxtail, and crabgrass.’
    • ‘To localize genes of interest we have used common markers among foxtail millet, maize, and rice genomes.’
    • ‘Over the years, he has seen his weeds change from tough, hard to manage weeds, such as quack grass or thistle, to less noxious weeds that are easier to control, such as foxtail and common ragweed.’
    • ‘The foxtails and other tall grasses swayed around and above me, their fragrance filled my senses.’
    • ‘Predominant weed species in 1999 were velvetleaf, common waterhemp and green foxtail.’
    • ‘Back in January, I moved from the California Wine Country to Charleston, South Carolina, trading my 47 acres of ticks and foxtails for a 152 year-old Victorian House with vintage termites.’
    • ‘Dock, foxtail, jimsonweed, johnsongrass, morning glory, wild nightshades and ragweed indicate a soil low in calcium and phosphorus.’
    • ‘Whereas his fields used to sprout hemp dogbane and wirestem mully, now the troublemakers are mainly foxtail and pigweed, with buttonweed showing up some years, and some horseweed in the small grain.’
    • ‘That way, shallow rooted weeds like foxtail and bluegrass will be unable to grow until the alfalfa has a head start.’
    • ‘The life cycle of these winter annual weeds differs from summer annuals like foxtail and velvet leaf which typically germinate and produce seed within the growing season.’
    • ‘Giant foxtail and waterhemp often increases in population in no-till during the first several years, but effective control will eventually reduce the foxtail population, due to a lack of seed return to the soil surface.’
    • ‘Many prevalent weed species - such as foxtail and summer annual grasses - thrive in hard compacted soils that are often also low in calcium and high in magnesium.’
    • ‘Weeds can be dangerous, especially foxtail grasses with barbed seed heads, which dogs can accidentally inhale with serious consequences.’
    • ‘Surveys taken after winter wheat harvest in west central and southwest Nebraska usually show barnyardgrass and green foxtail as the leading summer annual grasses infesting winter wheat fields.’
    • ‘Dogs seem to suffer most with these small seedpods because the foxtails become imbedded in their coats.’
    • ‘I know of one person whose dog had some severe problems caused by foxtail embedding itself in his ear.’
    • ‘The hairlike bristles sticking out all over the inflorescence are typical of foxtail grasses.’
    • ‘If foxtail grows in your yard mow the grass often, especially in late spring when the plant grows most rapidly.’