Definition of cattail
: any of a genus (Typha of the family Typhaceae, the cattail family) of tall reedy marsh plants with brown furry fruiting spikes; especially : a plant (Typha latifolia) with long flat leaves used especially for making mats and chair seats
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This particular type is made of at least 50 percent swamp plants like reeds, sedges, and cattails.
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Definition of cattail for English Language Learners
: a tall plant that has long flat leaves and that grows in wet areas
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Definition of cattail for Students
: a tall plant with long flat leaves and tall furry stalks that grows in marshy areas
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