cattail

noun cat·tail \ ˈkat-ˌtāl \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

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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First Known Use of cattail

1548


CATTAIL Defined for English Language Learners

cattail

noun

Definition of cattail for English Language Learners

  • : a tall plant that has long flat leaves and that grows in wet areas


CATTAIL Defined for Kids

cattail

noun cat·tail \ ˈkat-ˌtāl \

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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