sedge

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noun \ ˈsej \

Definition of sedge

: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

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Origin and Etymology of sedge

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



SEDGE Defined for English Language Learners

sedge

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Definition of sedge for English Language Learners

  • : a plant like grass that grows in wet ground or near water


SEDGE Defined for Kids

sedge

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Definition of sedge for Students

:a plant that is like grass but has solid stems and grows in tufts in marshes


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