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)
sedgyplay \ˈse-jē\ adjective
Recent Examples of sedge from the Web
Sedges and ferns are popular choices; gardeners can add a mix of perennials and shrubs.
This particular type is made of at least 50 percent swamp plants like reeds, sedges, and cattails.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th century
SEDGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sedge for English Language Learners
: a plant like grass that grows in wet ground or near water
SEDGE Defined for Kids
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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