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reed mace

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noun
  1. cattail.
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Origin of reed mace

First recorded in 1540–50
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Examples from the Web for reed mace

Historical Examples

  • It feeds in July and August in stems of bur-reed (Sparganium), reed-mace, and yellow flag.

    The Moths of the British Isles, First Series

    Richard South

  • And he nodded in the direction of a patch of the tall, brown, poker-like flowers and leaves of the reed-mace.

    Dick o' the Fens

    George Manville Fenn


British Dictionary definitions for reed mace

reed mace

noun
  1. Also called: (popularly) bulrush, false bulrush, cat's-tail a tall reedlike marsh plant, Typha latifolia, with straplike leaves and flowers in long brown sausage-shaped spikes: family TyphaceaeSee also bulrush (def. 2)
  2. a related and similar plant, Typha angustifolia
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