(etyl) (m), from (etyl) . More at (l).
(uncountable) Grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
* C. L. Flint
- Make hay while the sun shines.
(countable) Any mix of green leafy plants used for fodder.
(slang) Cannabis; marijuana.
* 1947 , William Burroughs, letter, 19 Feb 1947:
- Hay may be dried too much as well as too little.
A net set around the haunt of an animal, especially a rabbit.
- I would like some of that hay . Enclose $20.
(obsolete) A hedge.
(obsolete) A circular country dance.
- to dance the hay
* hay fever
* hayloft, hay loft
* hit the hay
* make hay while the sun shines
To cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
To lay snares for rabbits.
Webster's Online Dictionary article on hay
: From the sound it represents, by analogy with other letters such as kay'' and ''gay''. The expected form in English if the ''h'' had survived in the Latin name of the letter "h", ''h? .
The name of the letter for the h sound in Pitman shorthand.