: any of a family (Cyperaceae, the sedge family) of usually tufted monocotyledonous marsh plants differing from the related grasses in having achenes and solid stems
especially : any of a cosmopolitan genus (Carex)
sedgy adjective

Examples of sedge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the garden, sedges look great at the border’s front. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 The animals are herbivores, primarily eating grass and sedges, and can run up to 30 mph. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2023 Most garden centers offer several sedge controls for use in St. Augustine and other lawns. Tom MacCubbin,, 17 Apr. 2021 Instead of slamming cell doors, concrete and steel, there’s a sedge of sandhill cranes perched in a fallow field. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 1 July 2023 Several products labeled for nutsedge or sedge control are found at local garden centers. Tom MacCubbin,, 26 June 2021 Native nectar-bearing plants, milkweeds and even grasses and sedges provide a great start. Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, 7 June 2023 Select from native flowers, grasses and sedges suitable for southeastern Wisconsin. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2023 Christian, from his own experience, likes to promote the virtues of sedge meadows carefully assembled with 2-inch Carex plugs, which admittedly take longer to establish. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English segge, from Old English secg; akin to Middle High German segge sedge, Old English sagu saw — more at saw

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sedge was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sedge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: any of a family of plants of marshy areas that are related to the grasses and have solid often three-sided stems

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