from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Typha, widespread in marshy places and having long straplike leaves and a dense cylindrical cluster of minute flowers and fruits. Also called reed mace.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several perennial herbs, of the genus Typha, that have long flat leaves, and grow in marshy places
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tall erect rush or flag (Typha latifolia) growing widely in fresh and salt marshes, with long, flat, sword-shaped leaves, having clusters of small brown flowers in a dense cylindrical spike at the top of the stem; -- called also bulrush and reed mace. The leaves are frequently used for seating chairs, making mats, etc. See catkin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name of the tall reed-like aquatic plant Typha latifolia: so called from its long cylindrical furry spikes: often popularly called bulrush and cat-o'-nine-tails. Also cat's-tail.
- n. Same as cat's-tail grass (which see, under cat's-tail).
- n. Same as catkin.
- n. Nautical, that end of a cat-head which is fastened to the ship's frame.
- n. In cotton manufacturing, any corded, stringy tuft of cotton, due to faulty setting of a machine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tall erect herbs with sword-shaped leaves; cosmopolitan in fresh and salt marshes
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