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.
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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
birdseed. Historical Examples The Path of Life Stijn Streuvels The Illustrated London Reading Book Various Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1 Various The Young Emigrants; Madelaine Tube; The Boy and the Book; and Crystal Palace Susan Anne Livingston Ridley Sedgwick The Natural History of Cage Birds J. M. Bechstein Harper’s Young […]
canary (def 2). Historical Examples Rodney Stone Arthur Conan Doyle The Economic Aspect of Geology C. K. Leith A Lost Cause Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson Life Histories of North American Wood Warblers Part One and Part Two Arthur Bent The Splendid Spur Arthur T. Quiller Couch Everyday Adventures […]
a nasturtium, Tropaeolum peregrinum, of Peru, having round, deeply lobed leaves and yellow flowers.
a variety of rummy in which the main object is to meld sets of seven or more cards. Historical Examples Time Enough at Last Lyn Venable noun a card game for two to six players who seek to amass points by declaring sets of cards Also called meld. a declared set in this game, containing […]