Definition of timothy in English:


(also timothy grass)

Pronunciation /ˈtiməTHē/ /ˈtɪməθi/


  • A Eurasian grass which is widely grown for grazing and hay. It is naturalized in North America, where many cultivars have been developed.

    Phleum pratense, family Gramineae

    ‘The majority of their diet should be free-choice grass hays such as timothy, orchard grass or brome.’
    • ‘Most horses today on pasture only have one or two varieties of grass usually timothy, orchard grass with some degree of clover and fescue.’
    • ‘The best source of fiber is hay, such as timothy, alfalfa, oat, or orchard grass.’
    • ‘‘I've planted a number of grasses, like brome, timothy, perennial rye and annual rye, orchard grass and fescue,’ he notes.’
    • ‘Above 10,000 feet, Thurber's fescue and alpine timothy are common.’


Mid 18th century named after Timothy Hanson, the American farmer who introduced it to Carolina from New York (c1720).