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bulrush

[boo l-ruhsh] /ˈbʊlˌrʌʃ/
noun
1.
(in Biblical use) the papyrus, Cyperus papyrus.
2.
any of various rushes of the genera Scirpus and Typha.
Origin of bulrush
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English bulrish papyrus, probably bull1 + rish rush2
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bulrush

/ˈbʊlˌrʌʃ/
noun
1.
a grasslike cyperaceous marsh plant, Scirpus lacustris, used for making mats, chair seats, etc
2.
a popular name for reed mace (sense 1)
3.
a biblical word for papyrus (sense 1)
Word Origin
C15 bulrish, bul- perhaps from bull1 + rishrush², referring to the largeness of the plant; sense 2 derived from the famous painting by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912), Dutch-born English painter, of the finding of the infant Moses in the "bulrushes" — actually reed mace
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n.

also bullrush, type of tall plant growing in or near water (in Biblical use, the Egyptian papyrus), mid-15c., bolroysche, from rush (n.); the signification of bull is doubtful.

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