or rye grass
Any of several grasses of the genus Lolium, native to Eurasia and often used for forage or for stabilizing soil.
[Alteration of raygrass
, darnel (from
Middle English rai
, perhaps alteration of
Old French ivraie
, from feminine of ēbriācus
, drunk (from the plant's effects if ingested), from ēbrius
; see INEBRIATE
) + GRASS
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