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[sej] /sɛdʒ/
any rushlike or grasslike plant of the genus Carex, growing in wet places.
Compare sedge family.
any plant of the sedge family.
siege (def 5).
Origin of sedge
before 900; Middle English segge, Old English secg; akin to saw1; presumably so named from its sawlike edges Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sedge
Historical Examples
  • I waded on, casting and playing beyond the lily pads and sedge.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They lay across the road, or to either hand in the melancholy fields of sedge.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The rest of High Bar is only a few acres of sedge and marsh.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • One of the lower terraces had become a wild mere of sedge and reeds.

  • Already it had cleared the sedge, and was floating out in open water.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • Moreover, the sedge was so thick, that it was with difficulty they could use their oars.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • The swan, after clearing the sedge, rose almost vertically into the air.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • The members thereof may not use mats made of the sedge of this name.

  • Still, he could not remember that he had ever before been able to climb up a sedge.

    Little Johannes Frederik van Eeden
  • It is suspended by the tail to any firm object in the neighbourhood of the sedge.

British Dictionary definitions for sedge


any grasslike cyperaceous plant of the genus Carex, typically growing on wet ground and having rhizomes, triangular stems, and minute flowers in spikelets
any other plant of the family Cyperaceae
Derived Forms
sedgy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English secg; related to Middle High German segge sedge, Old English sagusaw1
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Word Origin and History for sedge

"coarse grass-like plant growing in wet places," Old English secg "sedge, reed, rush," from Proto-Germanic *sagjoz (cf. Low German segge, German Segge), probably from PIE root *sek- "to cut" (see section (n.) and cf. Old English secg, identical in form but meaning "sword;" and cf. German schwertel-gras "sedge" from schwert "sword"), on notion of plant with "cutting" leaves (cf. etymological sense of gladiolus). Old Irish seisg, Welsh hesgreed "rush" might represent a similar sense development from the same root. Often spelled seg, segg until present form triumphed early 1900s.

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