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1 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 [syn: cat's-tail, bullrush, nailrod, reed mace, reedmace, Typha latifolia]
2 tall rush with soft erect or arching stems found in Eurasia, Australia, New Zealand, and common in North America [syn: bullrush, common rush, soft rush, Juncus effusus]

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

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Bulrush or bullrush may refer to:
Tall rush-like wetland plants
  • Bulrush (in most modern usages of British English), Typha (reedmace or cattail)
  • Bulrush (in American English and older botanical usages in British English), one of several larger sedges, typically of the following genera:
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