dar·nel n. 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 Lolium 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.
n : weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other
cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous
[syn: tare, bearded darnel, cheat, Lolium