\ 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)

Other Words from sedge

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

Examples of sedge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, as more sedge species become listed or disappear, vital habitat for a diverse ecosystem declines. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Mar. 2022 Select a sedge or nutsedge control available at your local garden center and follow label instructions. Tom Maccubbin,, 19 June 2021 Coulter also likes mixing swaths of ornamental grass, like blue fescue, with native Salvia, which adds height. Harnish, meanwhile, likes to mix perennial grass Berkeley sedge with ‘Munstead’ English lavender and common yarrow. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 20 Jan. 2022 Even so, the decision to cancel a festival that celebrates the natural wonder of sedge warblers, ospreys, redwings and wigeons that are able to take to the skies carbon-free has left many fans crestfallen. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 One of the most upright, shiny and prolific weeds in lawns can be sedge. Tom Maccubbin,, 19 June 2021 Mature oaks tower over verdant fields of clustered sedge and Carolina whipgrass. Rashod Taylor, ProPublica, 14 Oct. 2021 Daniels said nesting within the sedge’s root system might help stabilize the deep sugar sand that characterizes these ecosystems., 5 June 2021 North of Boston, a sedge wren at Plum Island was noteworthy., 10 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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Kids Definition of sedge

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

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