Meaning of canary grass

canar'y grass"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. 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. arundinaceaused throughout the Northern Hemisphere as fodder.
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