any of various grasses of the genus Phalaris, as P. canariensis, native to the Canary Islands, bearing seed used as food for cage birds, or P. arundinacea (reed canary grass) used throughout the Northern Hemisphere as fodder.
Historical Examples

Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others

any of various grasses of the genus Phalaris, esp P. canariensis, that is native to Europe and N Africa and has straw-coloured seeds used as birdseed
reed canary grass, a related plant, Phalaris arundinacea, used as fodder throughout the N hemisphere


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