reed mace
cattail cat"tail, Cat-tail Cat"-tail(k[a^]t"t[=a]l), n. (Bot.) A tall erect rush or flag ({Typha latifolia}) growing widely in fresh and salt marshes, with long, flat, sword-shaped leaves, having clusters of small brown flowers in a dense cylindrical spike at the top of the stem; -- called also {bulrush} and {reed mace}. The leaves are frequently used for seating chairs, making mats, etc. See {Catkin}. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

Note: The {lesser cat-tail} is {Typha angustifolia}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Reed-mace — (r[=e]d m[=a]s ), n. (Bot.) The cat tail. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reed-mace — reedˈ mace noun A tall erect herb of the genus Typha, growing esp in marshy areas (also called cat s tail) • • • Main Entry: ↑reed …   Useful english dictionary

  • reed mace — n. Brit. name for CATTAIL …   English World dictionary

  • reed mace — noun tall marsh plant with cylindrical seed heads that explode when mature shedding large quantities of down; its long flat leaves are used for making mats and chair seats; of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa • Syn: ↑cat s tail,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • reed-mace — n. Cat tail, mace reed (Typha latifolia) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • reed mace — noun a tall reed like water plant with a dark brown velvety cylindrical flower head. [Typha latifolia and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • reed mace — /ˈrid meɪs/ (say reed mays) noun any species of plant of the genus Typha; cumbungi …   Australian English dictionary

  • reed mace — cattail. [1540 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • Reed — /reed/, n. 1. Sir Carol, 1906 76, British film director. 2. Ishmael (Scott), born 1938, U.S. novelist and poet. 3. John, 1887 1920, U.S. journalist and poet. 4. Stanley Forman /fawr meuhn/, 1884 1980, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S.… …   Universalium

  • Reed bed — Reed beds are a natural habitat found in floodplains, waterlogged depressions and estuaries. Reed beds are part of a succession from young reed colonising open water or wet ground through a gradation of increasingly dry ground. As reed beds age,… …   Wikipedia

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