foxtail [foks-teyl] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun the tail of a fox. any of various grasses having soft, brushlike spikes of flowers.

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  • Origin of foxtail late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at fox, tail1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for foxtail Historical Examples of foxtail

  • He was not used, he said, “to flatter or to tickle with a foxtail.”

    The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66

    John Lothrop Motley

  • The larv feed on the roots of grasses, having particular liking for the roots of foxtail, timothy and blue-grass.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • Asher was chewing the tender joint of a spear of foxtail grass, and Champers had lighted a heavy cigar.

    Winning the Wilderness

    Margaret Hill McCarter

  • The “Foxtail” milkwort, whose name I don’t accept, C. 1006, is intermediate between this and the next species.

    Proserpina, Volume 2

    John Ruskin

  • Those who travel and camp among the highest mountains of California are often indebted to foxtail pine for their fuel.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • British Dictionary definitions for foxtail foxtail noun any grass of the genus Alopecurus, esp A. pratensis, of Europe, Asia, and South America, having soft cylindrical spikes of flowers: cultivated as a pasture grass any of various similar and related grasses, esp any of the genus Setaria Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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