- any tall, reedlike marsh plant of the genus Typha, especially T. latifolia, having long, sword-shaped leaves and dense, cylindrical clusters of minute brown flowers.
Origin of cattail
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Examples from the Web for cattail
They may have been saying: "Already the boys are shouting, The cattail is in bloom!"Indian Games and Dances with Native Songs
Alice C. Fletcher
In her hand was a brown "cattail," perfectly full and round.The Shape of Fear
Elia W. Peattie
There was also much of the wild flax, of which we now obtained some ripe seed, as well as some bullrush and cattail flag.History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
Inside is a warm, soft bed made of milkweed or cattail down, the very nicest kind of a bed for the babies.The Burgess Animal Book for Children
Thornton W. Burgess
Nests are made of marsh vegetation (arrowhead, cattail) and float on water.The Breeding Birds of Kansas
Richard F. Johnston
Word Origin and History for cattail
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