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tule

[too-lee; Spanish too-le]
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noun, plural tu·les [too-leez; Spanish too-les] /ˈtu liz; Spanish ˈtu lɛs/.
  1. either of two large bulrushes, Scirpus lacustris or S. acutus, found in California and adjacent regions in inundated lands and marshes.
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Origin of tule

1830–40, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl tōlin
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Historical Examples

  • I built a little hut of tule, and he lay on the ground till he died.

    Ramona

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • She saw Alessandro lift his hand and point to the house, then to the tule sheds in the rear.

    Ramona

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • Cumnor, see that dugout with side-thatch and roofing of tule?

  • They took the tule roofs off the little houses, and carried them along.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • It was tule swamp when I bought it, and I was well laughed at by the old-timers.