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bulrush (n.)

also bullrush, popular name for tall rush-like plants growing in or near water (in Biblical use, the Egyptian papyrus), mid-15c., bolroysche, from rush (n.1); the signification of bull is doubtful.

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Definitions of bulrush from WordNet

bulrush (n.)
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;
Synonyms: cat's-tail / bullrush / nailrod / reed mace / reedmace / Typha latifolia
bulrush (n.)
tall rush with soft erect or arching stems found in Eurasia, Australia, New Zealand, and common in North America;
Synonyms: bullrush / common rush / soft rush / Juncus effusus
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