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 For no evident reason, in a flurry of splashing water and wing beats, the drake northern pintail sprang from the cattail slough, flying into the orange glow of setting prairie sun. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 29 May 2022 This is a hike to take at a leisurely pace with eyes and ears tuned to the tree canopy and cattail reeds swaying in boggy inlets. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 At just over two feet long, Brushtech’s Refrigerator Coil Cleaning Brush resembles a cattail. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2022 A dozen other hunters were visible in the field and an adjoining cattail slough. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2022 The refuge is 144,000 acres of tree islands and sawgrass ridges and cattail mires and cypress swamp and sloughs that run like fluid seams through it all. Kimberly Miller, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 Archuleta also mentioned other traditional foods growing in Quamash Prairie, including cattail, tarweed and wapato, as well as plants used for basketry. Brian Oaster, oregonlive, 13 Nov. 2021 Dad’s favorite cattail slough surrounded by several hundred acres of prairie grass, six miles northwest of his place. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Oct. 2021 Part of the plan involves reintroducing native plant species that are more appropriate to the site than Phragmites: narrowleaf cattail, pickerelweed, black willow, blue iris, buttonbush and alder. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cattail

1548, in the meaning defined above

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“Cattail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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