- any of a number of marsh plants (genus Scirpus) of the sedge family, having slender, round or triangular, solid stems tipped with brown spikelets of minute flowers
- Brit. the cattail
- popularly any aquatic plant resembling a bulrush, as the papyrus
Origin of bulrushMiddle English bulryshe ; from bol, stem (see bole) + rusche, rush
- Any of various aquatic or wetland sedges chiefly of the genus Scirpus, having grasslike leaves and usually clusters of small, often brown spikelets.
- Any of several wetland plants of similar aspect, such as the papyrus and the cattail.
Origin of bulrushMiddle English bulrish : perhaps alteration (influenced by bule, bull) of bole, stem; see bole1 + rish, rush; see rush2.
- Any of several wetland plants, mostly in the family Cyperaceae (the sedges):
- (Americas) Sedges in the genera Bolboschoenus or Schoenoplectus (formerly considered Scirpus), having clusters of spikelets.
- (UK) Cattails or reedmace, in the genus Typha
- (biblical) A plant referred to in the story of Moses as growing along the banks of the Nile, which is believed to be the papyrus, Cyperus papyrus.