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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several species of horsetail, especially Equisetum hyemale, having rough-ridged stems formerly used for scouring utensils.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of certain horsetails, especially rough horsetail (Equisetum hyemale), formerly used for scouring and polishing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as Dutch rush, under Dutch. -- Spike rush, any rushlike plant of the genus Eleocharis, in which the flowers grow in dense spikes.
  • transitive v. See Dutch rush, under Dutch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the horsetails, Equisetum hiemale: so called on ac count of its silicious coating, being used domestically and in the arts to polish wood and even metals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. evergreen erect horsetail with rough-edged stems; formerly used for scouring utensils

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