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darnel


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Darnel  \Dar"nel\,  n.  [OE.  darnel,  dernel,  of  uncertain  origin; 
  cf  dial.  F.  darnelle  Sw  d[*a]r-repe;  perh.  named  from  a 
  supposed  intoxicating  quality  of  the  plant,  and  akin  to  Sw 
  d[*a]ra  to  infatuate,  OD  door  foolish,  G.  thor  fool,  and  Ee 
  dizzy.]  (Bot.) 
  Any  grass  of  the  genus  {Lolium},  esp.  the  {Lolium  temulentum} 
  (bearded  darnel),  the  grains  of  which  have  been  reputed 
  poisonous.  Other  species,  as  {Lolium  perenne}  (rye  grass  or 
  ray  grass),  and  its  variety  {L.  Italicum}  (Italian  rye 
  grass),  are  highly  esteemed  for  pasture  and  for  making  hay. 
 
  Note:  Under  darnel  our  early  herbalists  comprehended  all 
  kinds  of  cornfield  weeds.  --Dr.  Prior. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  darnel 
  n  :  weedy  annual  grass  often  occurs  in  grainfields  and  other 
  cultivated  land;  seeds  sometimes  considered  poisonous 
  [syn:  {tare},  {bearded  darnel},  {cheat},  {Lolium 
  temulentum}] 




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