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- 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: Middle English bulryshe ; from bol, stem (see bole) plush rusche, rush
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- Any of various aquatic or wetland herbs 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: Middle English bulrish : perhaps alteration (influenced by bule, bull) of bole, stem; see bole1 + rish, rush; see rush2.