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cattail

[ kat-teyl ]
/ ˈkætˌteɪl /
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noun

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.

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Nearby words

catstick, catstitch, catsuit, catsup, catt, cattail, cattalo, cattegat, cattell, catterick, cattery

Origin of cattail

First recorded in 1425–75, cattail is from the late Middle English word cattestail. See cat, tail1
Also called bulrush, reed mace.
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British Dictionary definitions for cat-tail

cat-tail

cattail


noun Canadian

another word for bulrush
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Word Origin and History for cat-tail

cattail


n.

also cat's tail, type of plant, mid-15c., from cat (n.) + tail (n.).

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