cat·​tail | \ ˈkat-ˌtāl How to pronounce cattail (audio) \

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

Examples of cattail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New cattail leaves grow 2 to 5 feet, making marshes look green again. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 What about touching the base of the new cattail spike with a squirt of Roundup? oregonlive, 16 May 2021 Sass pointed to the fire in Menominee Falls that forced some residents to evacuate their homes, which broke out in a dry cattail marsh. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 May 2021 Dundalk Elementary students discovered a cattail toothpick grasshopper, or slender locust, in November of 2018. Cameron Goodnight,, 22 Apr. 2021 The field ended in a semi-circle bordering a cattail slough left dry by a summer with no water. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Mar. 2021 Bids for a cattail removal project in two Robbinsdale lakes came in several times higher than expected, stunning city officials and leading them to reject both bids at Tuesday's meeting in favor of pursuing other removal solutions. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, 23 Jan. 2021 From an environmental perspective, the cattail bog that farmers consider a problem is very effective at filtering chemicals and other pollutants from farm drainage running into Limbo Creek. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, 7 Nov. 2020 Bass also have been known to eat birds such as baby ducks and cattail-hopping redwing blackbirds, and artificial imitations of small birds and other animals are available. Popular Science, 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of cattail

1548, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jun 2021

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“Cattail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cattail

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


cat·​tail | \ ˈkat-ˌtāl How to pronounce cattail (audio) \

Kids Definition of cattail

: a tall plant with long flat leaves and tall furry stalks that grows in marshy areas

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