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scouring rush

any of certain horsetails, especially Equisetum hyemale, used for scouring and polishing.
Also called Dutch rush.
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First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Well, Little Mitchells tail reminded his lady of the scouring rush.

    Little Mitchell Margaret W. Morley
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scouring rush

any of several horsetails, esp Equisetum hyemale, that have rough-ridged stems and were formerly used for scouring and polishing
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