\ ˈsej How to pronounce sedge (audio) \

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)

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sedgy \ ˈse-​jē How to pronounce sedgy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sedge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Liriope, sedge, mondo grass, English ivy, Asiatic jasmine and dwarf ruellia are good options. Calvin Finch,, "Your fall and winter lawn care guide for San Antonio," 26 Sep. 2019 To prepare for hibernation, the Katmai brown bears eat a variety of foods, including sedges, berries and clams, but salmon account for most of the calories. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s time to vote for your favorite among Katmai National Park’s fattest brown bears," 30 Sep. 2019 The most interesting rarities last week were a Wilson’s plover that showed up at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island and a sedge wren at Manomet Center for Conservation Science in Plymouth., "► Manomet Center for Conservation Science in Plymouth:," 30 Sep. 2019 This herbicide kills many broadleaf weeds and sedges, but is not as effective against the grasses. Dan Gill,, "How to care for liriope plants," 28 Apr. 2019 As substitutes, try Pennsylvania sedge or wild strawberry. Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: Tips for ridding your lawn of creeping Charlie," 21 Aug. 2019 Gradually convert the lawn to shade-tolerant groundcovers such as Asiatic jasmine, mondo grass, liriope, sedges and dwarf ruellia. Calvin Finch,, "How to deal if your lawn’s in excessive shade," 2 Aug. 2019 Cottongrass is a lovely sedge of waving white seedballs, as soft as a puppy’s belly. Anchorage Daily News, "A 60-mile walk under the midnight sun, with no stops for sleep," 22 June 2019 If the weeds are mostly broadleaf weeds, such as dollarweed, or sedges, such as nutgrass, spray the liriope with Image Kills Nutsedge. Dan Gill,, "How to care for liriope plants," 28 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of sedge

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sedge

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

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

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“Sedge.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sedge

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


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Kids Definition of sedge

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

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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