cattail

[kat-teyl]
noun
  1. 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

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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n.

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

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