\ 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)

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Other Words from sedge

sedgy \ ˈse-​jē \ adjective

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Most garden centers offer several sedge controls for use in St. Augustine and other lawns. Tom Maccubbin,, "Keep corn feeders in check with natural sprays," 21 Apr. 2018 The standing charred trees, called snags, tower over a forest floor carpeted with lupine, fireweed, wild strawberries, pinegrass, sedges and other plants. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 Most trees, herbs, shrubs, and shade-tolerant grasses store carbon using one chemical pathway, called C3, while most grasses and sedges use a different pathway, called C4. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists find 300,000-year-old stone tools in Saudi Arabia," 29 Oct. 2018 Try ferns, European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), sedges (Carex spp.), lavender, lamiums (Lamium maculatum), sedums, and lungworts (Pulmonaria spp.). The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Container Gardening," 1 June 2017 Six years later, the site seethes with life, barely visible trails cutting through rampant sedge and mallow, cow parsley and burdock. The Economist, "Brexit is reverberating in British literature," 5 July 2018 A year later, plants such as woolgrass bulrush, brome hummock sedge, giant bur-reed, marsh marigold, queen-of-the-prairie and spike gayfeather are attracting dragonflies and monarch butterflies. Patrick M. O'connell,, "A 'wild mile' on the Chicago River? It might be closer than you think," 22 June 2018 In an observation blind at the end of one trail, Carlson pointed out nesting sandhill cranes amid the yellow-green sedges and grasses of the tidal flats. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Worries about wildlife prompt push for dog ban in South Anchorage estuary," 27 May 2018 Prairie Nursery offers pollinator favorites, grasses, sedges, shade plants and no-mow grass. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Micro prairies: No yard is too small to go with earth-friendly native plants," 25 May 2018

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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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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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