An aftergrowth of grass (or other plants) which grows after it has been been mowed; also, a field of such growth.
The hay was gathered from the fields, and cattle were turned on to the eddish.
Sons and Lovers
‘When wheat upon eddish (stubble), ye mind to bestowe Let that be the first of the wheat ye do sowe’; and
A Short History of English Agriculture
In Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire the name _eddish_ prevails, I am told, and hence _eddish cheese_, made from the milk of cows which have grazed eddish.
Notes and Queries, Number 196, July 30, 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc
The origin of ‘eddish’ is uncertain; but probably from Middle English ‘eddish’ (found only in compounds: e.g. ‘eddish-hen’ (quail), ultimately from Old English ‘edisc’ (an eddish or aftermath; pasture; enclosed pasture, park).