Definitions for: Darnel

[n] weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: bearded darnel, cheat, Lolium temulentum, tare

See Also: rye grass, ryegrass

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