Definition of Darnel

1. Noun. Weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous.

Exact synonyms: Bearded Darnel, Cheat, Lolium Temulentum, Tare
Generic synonyms: Rye Grass, Ryegrass



Definition of Darnel

1. n. 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.

Definition of Darnel

1. Noun. Any of several species of ryegrass, genus Lolium. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Darnel

1. an annual grass [n -S]

Medical Definition of Darnel

1. Any grass of the genus Lolium, especially. 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. Under darnel our early herbalists comprehended all kinds of cornfield weeds. Origin: OE. Darnel, dernel, of uncertain origin; cf. Dial. F. Darnelle, Sw. Dar-repe; perh. Named from a supposed intoxicating quality of the plant, and akin to Sw. Dara to infatuate, OD. Door foolish, G. Thor fool, and Ee. Dizzy. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Darnel

darlingtonia
darlingtonias
darmstadtium
darn
darn tootin'
darn tooting
darn well
darnation
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darned
darneder
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darnel (current term)
darnels
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darning egg
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darning mushroom
darning mushrooms
darning needle
darning needles
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daroo
daroo tree

Literary usage of Darnel

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1. Enquiry Into Plants and Minor Works on Odours and Weather Signs by Theophrastus (1916)
"Of the degeneration of cereals into darnel. VII. 1 Now, while it is not the nature of any other of these seeds to degenerate and change into something else, ..."

2. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and ...by Thomas Bayly Howell by Thomas Bayly Howell (1816)
"darnel. Was it Mr. Hartwell or Spurr that asked you to eat steaks ? liiu/nton. ... darnel. Did you ever hear her speak of a brother that she had ? Berkley. ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1903)
"... very equally spaced from the extreme red to the violet, and with dark spaces between them. " The Seed-fungus of Lolium temulentum, L., the darnel. ..."

4. A Treatise on Poisons: In Relation to Medical Jurisprudence, Physiology, and by Robert Christison (1836)
"The bread in these instances was made of rye -f\ Of the Effects of darnel-Grass. Grain is also rendered more or less injurious by the accidental or ..."

5. The Natural History of Pliny by Pliny, John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley (1856)
"darnel I FIVE REMEDIES. Even more than this—the very plants which are the bane of the corn-field are not without their medicinal uses. ..."

6. The Cereals in America by Thomas Forsyth Hunt (1908)
"darnel.—darnel belongs to the same tribe of grasses as wheat, to the same genus as perennial and Italian rye grass. Unlike these grasses, however, ..."

7. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Cyprus (Cant., i, 13; iv, 13). See Camphire. darnel, bearded. See Cockle (2). DiU (RV, Matt., xxiii, 23). See Anise. Ear of corn translates three Heb. ..."

8. Cooley's Cyclopædia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the by Arnold James Cooley, W. North (1892)
"darnel, The powder of the seed of the Loi inm temulentum, a poisonous grass, is not un- frequently found mixed with the flour of wheat, oats, ..."

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