from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of plants, constituting alone the order Equisetaceæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of vascular, cryptogamic, herbaceous plants; -- also called horsetails.

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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the division Pteridophyta — the horsetails.

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  • noun horsetails; coextensive with the family Equisetaceae


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  • Near the river there are also to be found carpets of a uniform green, consisting of a short kind of Equisetum, unmixed with any other plants, which forms a "gazon," to which no nobleman's country seat can show a match.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II

  • She examined three caves, and each one was yellow from pollen belonging to hollyhocks, grape hyacinth, yellow yarrow (Achillea), horsetail (Equisetum), seven other summer flowering plants, and evidence of pine branches.

    Say it with your own arrangement - or cutting garden - of flowers

  • Other common species include: Rubus saxatilis, Maianthemum bifolium, Lathyrus vernus, Galium septentrionale, Equisetum sylvaticum and Angelica sylvestris.

    West Siberian broadleaf and mixed forests

  • It shelters species such as interrupted clubmoss Lycopodium annotinum ssp. alpestre, common horsetail Equisetum arvense and in the drier parts round-leaved wintergreen Pyrola grandiflora.

    Ilulissat Icefjord, Denmark-Greenland

  • Approximately 160 species of phanerogams, three club-mosses Lycopodium annotinum, Diphasiastrum alpinum and Huperzia selago, two horsetails Equisetum arvense and E. variegatum, and four ferns Cystopteris fragilis, Dryopteris fragrans, Woodsia ilvensis and Woodsia glabella occur in the nominated area.

    Ilulissat Icefjord, Denmark-Greenland

  • Surface material deposits from glaciers and icefields form moraines which are colonized by lichens and mosses, horsetail Equisetum sp., willows Salix spp., fire weed Epilobium sp., and mountain avens Dryas drummondii.

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, United States

  • The northern slopes also support wetland species such as Juncus maritimus, Typha australis, Scirpus holoschoenus, Phragmites australis and Equisetum ramosissimum.

    Tibesti-Jebel Uweinat montane xeric woodlands

  • At about 5,000 feet I first saw horsetails (Equisetum), very like our own species.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Horsetail Equisetum hyemale, E. arvense, which is a natural source of silica useful for strengthening bones, nails, and hair.


  • Another fomentation made with equal parts comfrey root (Symphytum off.), oak bark, horsetail (Equisetum species), prickly ash bark (Xanthoxylum americanum) and a half part each of ginger and cayenne can be used to treat bursitis, back pains, sprains, and painful arthritic and rheumatic problems.



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