cattail

noun
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 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, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 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, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 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, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 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, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 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, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 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. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Catching Your First Fish," 11 May 2020 November is for kickin’ roosters in the cattails behind a good bird dog. Drew Palmer, Outdoor Life, "50 Hunter Stereotypes from Every State," 15 May 2020 Whether delicately perched on a cattail or hovering over a pond, dragonflies are a sure sign of summer. National Geographic, "Dragonflies," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of cattail

1548, in the meaning defined above

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2 Aug 2020

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“Cattail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cattail. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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cattail

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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

cattail

noun
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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