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

Definition of tule

1 : any of various large bulrushes especially : a tall sedge (Schoenoplectus acutus synonym Scirpus acutus) of North America that grows in dense stands along freshwater wetlands The roots and seeds of tule, a reed that grows along shorelines and in the shallows, were eaten and the reeds themselves were used to make baskets, cord, sandals and clothing. — Philip Kopper et al.
2 chiefly California : land on which tules are the dominant or characteristic native plant usually plural This habitat is fed and flooded by Butte Creek and is defined by a matrix of marsh, tules, shallow waterways and uplands with oaks and willows.— Tom Stienstra

Examples of tule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometime around dusk on Thanksgiving, Our Worlds app users can take their phones to La Jolla Shores to uncover several stories involving Kumeyaay tule boats. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2021 Jones said managers hope to reopen the areas by mid-September if the fast-moving tule chinook move out of the zones and into their natal tributaries. oregonlive, 3 Sep. 2021 The creek bed is more clogged with brush, tule reeds and driftwood than ever. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Dome-like structures reminiscent of Chumash tule dwellings will house a welcome center and a classroom. Alex Schechter, New York Times, 14 May 2021 Visitors will also be able to participate in outdoor demonstrations like tule mat weaving, acorn grinding and cordage making. Alex Schechter, New York Times, 14 May 2021 Mathisen grabbed his fishing rod and tossed a line in 6-foot-deep water near a cluster of tule. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Dec. 2020 Women also made skirts with bark beaten down to a soft texture, or from tule or other grasses along the Colorado River. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2020 Two tule bull elk graze next to cattle in a field along Drake's Beach Road at the Point Reyes National Seashore near Point Reyes Station, Calif., on Sunday, April 12, 2020. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tule

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tule

Spanish, from Nahuatl tōllin

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3 Dec 2021

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“Tule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tule. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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