American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various aquatic or wetland herbs of the genus Scirpus, having grasslike leaves and usually clusters of small, often brown spikelets.
- n. Any of several wetland plants of similar aspect, such as the papyrus and the cattail.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name for large rush-like plants growing in marshes. It is very indefinitely used. Thus, while Johnson says the bulrush is without knots, Dryden (“Meleager and Atalanta”) calls it “the knotty bulrush.” Some authors apply the name to Typha latifolia and T. angustifolia (cat's-tail or reed-mace); but it is more generally restricted to Scirpus lacustris, a tall rush-like plant from which the bottoms of chairs, mats, etc., are manufactured. (See
Scirpus.) In the United States the name is commonly given to species of Juncus. The bulrush of Egypt (Ex. ii. 3) is the papyrus, Cyperus Papyrus.
- n. Any of several wetland herbs, of the genus Scirpus, having clusters of spikelets.
- n. Any similar plant, such as papyrus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A kind of large rush, growing in wet land or in water.
- n. tall marsh plant with cylindrical seed heads that explode when mature shedding large quantities of down; its long flat leaves are used for making mats and chair seats; of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa
- n. tall rush with soft erect or arching stems found in Eurasia, Australia, New Zealand, and common in North America
- Middle English bulrish : perhaps alteration (influenced by bule, bull) of bole, stem; see bole1 + rish, rush; see rush2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The name bulrush is more correctly applied to _Scirpus lacustris_, a member of a different family (Cyperaceae), a common plant in wet places, with tall spongy, usually leafless stems, bearing a tuft of many-flowered spikelets.”
“The giant was in the midst of it; but weak as the bulrush were the mighty limbs of Maximus before the rushing gale.”
“Trivia note of the week: apparently this plant used to be called reedmace, and became known as 'bulrush' because of an erroneously named but popular painting.”
“The meaner sort are covered with mats which they make of a kind of bulrush, and are also indifferently tight and warm, but not so good as the former ....”
“a kind of bulrush, and are also indifferently tight and warm, but not so good as the former ....”
“The meaner sort of wigwams are covered with mats they make of a kind of bulrush, which are also indifferent tight and warm, but not so good as the former. ”
“I've also done "Flyway Fried Rice" with wild rice, bulrush shoots, black walnuts, wild onions and wild duck.”
“Cattails and bulrush seeds can live in a dormant state for over 30-years awaiting rainfall to germinate and refill potholes.”
“The South Carolina baskets are usually a combination of light and deep beige, keeping to the traditional sweetgrass and bulrush.”
“Around her, the fragrance of sweetgrass and bulrush scents the air.”
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