Definitions for foxtailˈfɒksˌteɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the tail of a fox.

    Category: Zoology

  2. any of various grasses having soft brushlike spikes of flowers.

    Category: Plants

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. foxtail, foxtail grass(noun)

    grasses of the genera Alopecurus and Setaria having dense silky or bristly brushlike flowering spikes


  1. foxtail(Noun)

    The tail of a fox.

  2. foxtail(Noun)

    Any of various grasses having bushy seed spikelets that resemble the tail of a fox; particularly members of the genera Alopecurus and Setaria.

    Look at the foxtails growing along the road.

  3. foxtail(Noun)

    Any bushy seed spikelet.

    Dogs should not eat foxtails.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foxtail(noun)

    the tail or brush of a fox

  2. Foxtail(noun)

    the name of several kinds of grass having a soft dense head of flowers, mostly the species of Alopecurus and Setaria

  3. Foxtail(noun)

    the last cinders obtained in the fining process


  1. Foxtail

    A foxtail is a spikelet or spikelet cluster of a grass, that serves to disperse its seeds as a unit. Thus, the foxtail is a type of diaspore or plant dispersal unit. Some grasses that produce a foxtail are themselves called "foxtail", also "spear grass". They can become a health hazard for dogs and other domestic animals, and a nuisance for people.


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