from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Schoenoplectus acutus, a giant freshwater sedge of western North America
- n. A type of chinook salmon which spawns in the Columbia River basin
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large bulrush (Scirpus lacustris, and Scirpus Tatora) growing abundantly on overflowed land in California and elsewhere.
from The 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.
American Spanish, from Nahuatl tollin, reed.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish tule, from Classical Nahuatl tōllin ("bulrush, sedge"). (Wiktionary)