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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cat's-tail, bullrush, bulrush, nailrod, reed mace, reedmace, Typha latifolianoun

    tall marsh plant with cylindrical seed heads that explode when mature shedding large quantities of down; its long flat leaves are used for making mats and chair seats; of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa

  2. bulrush, bullrush, common rush, soft rush, Juncus effususnoun

    tall rush with soft erect or arching stems found in Eurasia, Australia, New Zealand, and common in North America


  1. bulrushnoun

    Any of several wetland herbs, of the genus Scirpus, having clusters of spikelets; Any similar plant, such as papyrus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bulrushnoun

    A large rush, such as grows in rivers, without knots; though Dryden has given it the epithet knotty, confounding it, probably, with the reed.

    Etymology: from bull and rush.

    To make fine cages for the nightingale,
    And baskets of bulrushes, was my wont. Edmund Spenser.

    All my praises are as but a bulrush cast upon a stream; they are born up by the strength of the current. Dryden.

    The edges were with bending osiers crown’d;
    The knotty bulrush next in order stood,
    And all within of reeds a trembling wood. John Dryden, Fables.


  1. Bulrush

    Bulrush is a vernacular name for several large wetland grass-like plants Sedge family (Cyperaceae): Cyperus Scirpus Blysmus Bolboschoenus Scirpoides Isolepis Schoenoplectus Trichophorum Typhaceae: TyphaThe Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland recommends "bulrush" as an English name for plants in the genus Typha. These species are also sometimes known as reedmace, cattails or black paddies.One particular famous story involving bulrushes is that of the ark of bulrushes in the Book of Exodus. In this story, it is said that the infant Moses was found in a boat made of bulrushes. Within the context of the story, this is probably paper reed (Cyperus papyrus).


  1. bulrush

    A bulrush is a type of tall, reed-like water plant, often found in marshes or by the edges of lakes or rivers. They belong to the Cyperaceae or Typhaceae family and their long, slender stalks often end in a brownish, sausage-shaped head. They're also known scientifically as Scirpus, Typha or Schoenoplectus. Some species are used for making items like mats or baskets due to their sturdy stalks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bulrushnoun

    a kind of large rush, growing in wet land or in water

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bulrush

    bool′rush, n. a large strong rush, which grows on wet land or in water—often applied to the cat's-tail (Typha).—adj. Bul′rushy.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bulrush in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bulrush in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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