noun \ˈbl-ˌrəsh\

Definition of BULRUSH

:  any of several large rushes or sedges growing in wetlands: as
a :  any of a genus (Scirpus, especially S. lacustris) of annual or perennial sedges that bear solitary or much-clustered spikelets containing perfect flowers with a perianth of six bristles
b British :  either of two cattails (Typha latifolia and T. angustifolia)
c :  papyrus

Variants of BULRUSH

bul·rush also bull·rush \ˈbl-ˌrəsh\

Origin of BULRUSH

Middle English bulrysche
First Known Use: 15th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of the annual or perennial grasslike plants constituting the genus Scirpus, especially S. lacustris, in the sedge family, that bear solitary or much-clustered spikelets. Bulrushes grow in wet locations, including ponds, marshes, and lakes. Their stems are often used to weave strong mats, baskets, and chair seats. Bulrushes may act as a filter, absorbing poisonous metals and toxic microorganisms, thus helping to reduce water pollution. In Britain, the term bulrush refers to either of two cattails (Typha latifolia and T. angustifolia).


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