tu·​le | \ ˈtü-lē How to pronounce tule (audio) \

Definition of tule

: either of two large New World bulrushes (Scirpus californicus and S. acutus)

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Thick tule fog rolled into the Sacramento Valley on Tuesday morning, snarling traffic and causing buses to lag behind schedule in at least two school districts. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Dense fog causes school bus delays in multiple districts | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Jan. 2018 Find warm water and use crankbaits or jigs on the rocks and Senkos or frogs in the tules. sacbee, "Best places to fish right now on Sacramento region waterways," 11 Sep. 2017 Use Senkos among the tules or rip baits along the rocks. sacbee, "Fishing line: Salmon still steady on Sacramento-Delta | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Oct. 2017 On a recent trip, the Dillard cruised to Larkspur to check out a Coast Guard report from the night before of a 40-foot-long log with tules dangling off. Denis Cuff, The Mercury News, "Winter storms create banner year for hazards in S.F. Bay," 19 Mar. 2017 The tule are a lower river hatchery run, which is close to recent five-year average, and Bonneville Pool hatchery run that looks to be the second highest return since 2004. Mark Yuasa, The Seattle Times, "Early signs point to hopeful summer salmon season with some areas opening soon," 19 May 2017 Tule II will not be built until construction of Tule I is finished. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Group files appeal to stop part of the Tule Wind Project," 5 May 2017 A Chumash rock art site in Malibu suggests that tule elk—a species indigenous to California that's come back from the brink of extinction—once occupied the Santa Monica Mountains and the Los Angeles Basin. Joshua Roth, National Geographic, "A Craving for Adventure Drives This Modern-Day Renaissance Man," 7 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of tule

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tule

Spanish, from Nahuatl tōllin

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The first known use of tule was in 1837

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