masc. proper name, from French Timothée, from Latin Timotheus, from Greek Timotheos, literally "honoring God," from time "honor, respect" (see timocracy) + theos "god" (from PIE root *dhes-, forming words for religious concepts).

timothy (n.)

1747, short for timothy grass (1736), American English name for "cat-tail grass" (Phleum pratense), a native British grass introduced to the American colonies and cultivated there from c. 1720. Said since 1765 to be so called for a certain Timothy Hanson, who is said to have promoted it in the Carolinas as an agricultural plant.

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Definitions of Timothy from WordNet
timothy (n.)
grass with long cylindrical spikes grown in northern United States and Europe for hay;
Synonyms: herd's grass / Phleum pratense
timothy (n.)
a grass grown for hay;
Timothy (n.)
a disciple of Saint Paul who became the leader of the Christian community at Ephesus;