Origin of sedgeMiddle English segge from Old English secg, akin to sagu, saw: from the shape of the leaves
Origin of sedgeMiddle English segge from Old English secg ; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
- Any plant of the genus Carex, the true sedges, perennial, endogenous herbs, often growing in dense tufts in marshy places. They have triangular jointless stems, a spiked inflorescence, and long grasslike leaves which are usually rough on the margins and midrib. There are several hundred species.
- Any plant of the family Cyperaceae.
- A flock of herons.
Old English secg, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch zegge and German Segge, dialectal German Saher "˜reeds'.
- Alternative spelling of segge.