American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several bulrushes of the genus Scirpus, growing in marshy lowlands of the southwest United States.
- n. Northern California Marshy or swampy land. Also called regionally tule land.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. More broadly, other marsh plants, such as cattail.
- n. A bulrush or clubrush of either of two species which in California and adjacent regions occupy large areas of overflowed bottom-land and marsh. One of these is the common bulrush, Scirpus lacustris, which there, in the variety occidentalis, becomes sometimes 8 or 10 feet high and an inch or more thick at the base. The other species is the very similar S. Tatora, found eastward to Louisiana, and also in South America. See
- n. Schoenoplectus acutus, a giant freshwater sedge of western North America
- n. A type of chinook salmon which spawns in the Columbia River basin
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A large bulrush (Scirpus lacustris, and Scirpus Tatora) growing abundantly on overflowed land in California and elsewhere.
- From Spanish tule, from Classical Nahuatl tōllin ("bulrush, sedge"). (Wiktionary)
- American Spanish, from Nahuatl tollin, reed. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One way to cork up those gases is to flood the peatland and grow a tall grass called tule.”
“Here in Mexico, fruit is stored in the sturdy, all-purpose chichihuite, a basket woven of palm or tule which is used for everything from storing dried chiles to serving tortillas.”
“Stretches of "tule" land fertilized by its once regular channel and dotted by flourishing ranchos are now cleanly erased.”
“The tule elk are imposing, standing four or five feet tall at the shoulder and up to eight feet tall with antlers.”
“POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE—Once-endangered tule elk are proliferating here in west Marin County, delighting conservationists who love the enormous creatures and their magnificent antlers.”
“About 10 tule elk were brought to the national seashore in 1978 to encourage their growth in a protected area.”
“Hundreds of Greek and Italian fishermen, up river and down bay, had searched every slough and tule patch for it.”
“When he ditched his tule-swamps, instead of contracting the excavation, he bought the huge dredgers outright, and, when there was slack work on his own marshes, he contracted for the draining of the marshes of neighboring big farmers, land companies, and corporations for a hundred miles up and down the”
“The improvements on that quarter of a million acres, from drain-tiled meadows to dredge-drained tule swamps, from good roads to developed water-rights, from farm buildings to the”
“From time immemorial, the artisans of the Lake Pátzcuaro region have made diverse objects from tule and chuspata, a variety of bulrush.”
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