- Also called fescue grass. any grass of the genus Festuca, some species of which are cultivated for pasture or lawns.
- a pointer, as a straw or slender stick, used to point out the letters in teaching children to read.
1513, "pointer," from O.Fr. festue, a kind of straw, from L. festuca "straw, stalk, rod," probably related to ferula (see ferule). Sense of "pasture, lawn grass" is first recorded 1762.
"If I say fir and fescue
and clover and lover
whither identity and qualia?"
- Maureen M. McLane, "Mz N Enough", Spring 2016 The American Scholar (https://theamericanscholar.org/maureen-mclane-three-poems/#.VzZNQdm9LCQ)