The New International Encyclopædia/Vernal Grass
VERNAL GRASS (Lat. vernalis, relating to the spring, from ver, Gk. ἔαρ, ear, ἦ, ēr, spring), Sweet (Anthoxanthum odoratum). A sweet-scented grass common in meadows, woods, and pastures throughout Europe and the Western Hemisphere. It is about a foot high, with a spiked oblong panicle. It has little value, as stock do not eat it readily, and in some countries it has become a pest. See Plate of Grasses.