Scouring rush
Scour Scour (skour), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scoured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scouring}.] [Akin to LG. sch["u]ren, D. schuren, schueren, G. scheuern, Dan. skure; Sw. skura; all possibly fr. LL. escurare, fr. L. ex + curare to take care. Cf. {Cure}.] 1. To rub hard with something rough, as sand or Bristol brick, especially for the purpose of cleaning; to clean by friction; to make clean or bright; to cleanse from grease, dirt, etc., as articles of dress. [1913 Webster]

2. To purge; as, to scour a horse. [1913 Webster]

3. To remove by rubbing or cleansing; to sweep along or off; to carry away or remove, as by a current of water; -- often with off or away. [1913 Webster]

[I will] stain my favors in a bloody mask, Which, washed away, shall scour my shame with it. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. [Perhaps a different word; cf. OF. escorre, escourre, It. scorrere, both fr. L. excurrere to run forth. Cf. {Excursion}.] To pass swiftly over; to brush along; to traverse or search thoroughly; as, to scour the coast. [1913 Webster]

Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

5. To cleanse or clear, as by a current of water; to flush.

If my neighbor ought to scour a ditch. --Blackstone. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Scouring barrel}, a tumbling barrel. See under {Tumbling}.

{Scouring cinder} (Metal.), a basic slag, which attacks the lining of a shaft furnace. --Raymond.

{Scouring rush}. (Bot.) See {Dutch rush}, under {Dutch}.

{Scouring stock} (Woolen Manuf.), a kind of fulling mill. [1913 Webster]


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  • Scouring rush — Rush Rush, n. [OE. rusche, rische, resche, AS. risce, akin to LG. rusk, risch, D. & G. rusch; all probably fr. L. ruscum butcher s broom; akin to Goth. raus reed, G. rohr.] 1. (Bot.) A name given to many aquatic or marsh growing endogenous plants …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scouring rush — ☆ scouring rush [skour′iŋ ] n. HORSETAIL (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • scouring rush — Dutch Dutch, a. [D. duitsch German; or G. deutsch, orig., popular, national, OD. dietsc, MHG. diutsch, tiutsch, OHG. diutisk, fr. diot, diota, a people, a nation; akin to AS. pe[ o]d, OS. thiod, thioda, Goth. piuda; cf. Lith. tauta land, OIr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scouring rush — Equisetum Eq ui*se tum, n.; pl. {Equiseta}. [L., the horsetail, fr. equus horse + seta a thick,, stiff hair, bristle.] (Bot.) A genus of vascular, cryptogamic, herbaceous plants; also called {horsetails}. [1913 Webster] Note: The {Equiseta} have… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scouring rush — /ˈskaʊrɪŋ rʌʃ/ (say skowring rush) noun 1. Also, Dutch rush. a widespread plant, Equisetum hyemale, family Equisetaceae, having long, scarcely branched stems which were formerly used for scouring and polishing pots and pans. 2. any of several… …   Australian English dictionary

  • scouring rush — any of certain horsetails, esp. Equisetum hyemale, used for scouring and polishing. Also called Dutch rush. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • scouring rush — noun Date: circa 1818 horsetail; especially one (Equisetum hyemale) with strongly siliceous stems formerly used for scouring …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scouring rush — noun Any of certain horsetails, especially rough horsetail (Equisetum hyemale), formerly used for scouring and polishing …   Wiktionary

  • scouring rush — noun a horsetail with a very rough ridged stem, formerly used for scouring and polishing. [Genus Equisetum, in particular E. hyemale.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • scouring rush — noun evergreen erect horsetail with rough edged stems; formerly used for scouring utensils • Syn: ↑rough horsetail, ↑Equisetum hyemale, ↑Equisetum hyemale robustum, ↑Equisetum robustum • Hypernyms: ↑horsetail …   Useful english dictionary

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