bul·​rush | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌrəsh How to pronounce bulrush (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bullrush

Definition of bulrush

: any of several large rushes or sedges growing in wetlands: such 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

Examples of bulrush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After receiving a brief medical checkup—including an ear-cleaning, with ethanol—the vole was released back into the bulrush. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2022 There are now thousands of pupfish in a network of artificial ponds, which are planted with three-square bulrush and give a convincingly timeless appearance. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2022 Marshland was cleared and planted with more bulrush. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2022 Dedicated to Nile gods and commissioned by wealthy citizens, they are set above a shore lined with bulrushes. Eroded but evocative, some retain images of patrons and traces of paintings. Michelle Green, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2019 Robert Sinskey Vineyards has other operations in addition to mitigate attracting birds: thinning the bulrushes in the reservoirs, mowing around the reservoirs, and moving the sheep away from the vineyards during harvest. Jill K. Robinson, SFChronicle.com, 17 Oct. 2019 A year later, plants such as woolgrass bulrush, brome hummock sedge, giant bur-reed, marsh marigold, queen-of-the-prairie and spike gayfeather are attracting dragonflies and monarch butterflies. Patrick M. O'connell, chicagotribune.com, 22 June 2018 Spooked, Pharaoh decreed that all male babies be murdered, which is why Moses was hidden in a basket among the Nile’s bulrushes, to protect him. Menachem Wecker, National Review, 1 Nov. 2017 Muskrat lodges—small mounds made from bulrush and cattail—dot the landscape. National Geographic, 3 Feb. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of bulrush

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bulrush

Middle English bulrysche

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“Bulrush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulrush. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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bul·​rush | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌrəsh How to pronounce bulrush (audio) \

Kids Definition of bulrush

: any of several large rushes or sedges that grow in wet places

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