\ 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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Other Words from sedge

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

Examples of sedge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As far as the eye can see, golden, flax, and copper-colored bears graze on sedge before a wall of glaciated volcanoes. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "For this family, keeping Alaska wild and pristine is a decades-long mission," 25 Sep. 2020 That’s led to a rival movement in recent years, where people replant their yards with overgrown shrubs and billowing sedges to foster real, thriving ecosystems. Grace Wade, Popular Science, "America’s obsession with lawns has 160-year-old roots," 1 June 2020 Using satellite data, drones, and on-the-ground fieldwork, a team of dozens of scientists—ecologists, biologists, geographers, climate scientists, and more—is finding that vegetation like shrubs, grasses, and sedges are growing more abundant. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us," 18 Feb. 2020 Instead, that ecosystem is likely to become dominated by mosses and grass-like sedges. Matt Simon, Wired, "Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic," 3 Feb. 2020 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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