from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A widely cultivated, ornamental, robust sedge (Cyperus alternifolius) native to Madagascar and Mauritius, having long triangular leafless stems, a terminal umbrellalike cluster of grasslike leaves, and a compound umbel of spikelets with drooping rays.
- n. Midland U.S. The May apple.
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- n. rhizomatous perennial herb with large dramatic peltate leaves and white to bright pink flowers in round heads on leafless stems; colonizes stream banks in the Sierra Nevada in California
- n. African sedge widely cultivated as an ornamental water plant for its terminal umbrellalike cluster of slender grasslike leaves
- n. late blooming perennial plant of shale barrens of Virginia having flowers in flat-topped clusters
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