American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. Any of several perennial herbs, of the genus Typha, that have long flat leaves, and grow in marshy places
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) 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
bulrushand reed mace. The leaves are frequently used for seating chairs, making mats, etc. See catkin.
- n. tall erect herbs with sword-shaped leaves; cosmopolitan in fresh and salt marshes
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“Vegetables were also dried-stems, buds, and particularly starchy roots, such as cattail, thistle, licorish fern, and various lily corms.”
“In her hand was a brown "cattail," perfectly full and round.”
“What he is trying to say, no no no, your green head must be shimmering in your eyes, that isn't a dude in the brush just a mishaped cattail bush, the eating is great and the ladies are easy too much action for me.”
“They'd travel from one end of the pond to the other as a team, one of them separating itself from the others to investigate this cattail or that leaf while the others waited patiently, the three then resuming their peregrinations.”
“I thought that maybe the sole surviving carp had been tugging at the baby cattail shoots, as I've seen them do previous springs.”
“The way that works for me is finding where the deer want to go when pushed (like a cattail swamp).”
“I'm starting to realize the best chance of taking a big buck in my area is hunting the marsh and cattail swamps as you mention.”
“I wouldn't hesitate to push in to the unknown of the cattail marsh, discovering where the high dry spots are and searching out bucks.”
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