Spike rush
Spike Spike, n. [Akin to LG. spiker, spieker, a large nail, D. spijker, Sw. spik, Dan. spiger, Icel. sp[=i]k; all perhaps from L. spica a point, an ear of grain; but in the sense of nail more likely akin to E. spoke of a wheel. Cf. {Spine}.] 1. A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything resembling such a nail in shape. [1913 Webster]

He wears on his head the corona radiata . . .; the spikes that shoot out represent the rays of the sun. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. An ear of corn or grain. [1913 Webster]

4. (Bot.) A kind of flower cluster in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis. [1913 Webster]

{Spike grass} (Bot.), either of two tall perennial American grasses ({Uniola paniculata}, and {U. latifolia}) having broad leaves and large flattened spikelets.

{Spike rush}. (Bot.) See under {Rush}.

{Spike shell} (Zo["o]l.), any pteropod of the genus {Styliola} having a slender conical shell.

{Spike team}, three horses, or a horse and a yoke of oxen, harnessed together, a horse leading the oxen or the span. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Spike 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

  • spike-rush — spikeˈ rush noun Any of several sedges of the genus Eleocharis, closely related to the true sedges, with stiff tufted stems and solitary spikelets • • • Main Entry: ↑spike …   Useful english dictionary

  • spike rush — noun a sedge of the genus Eleocharis • Hypernyms: ↑sedge • Hyponyms: ↑water chestnut, ↑Chinese water chestnut, ↑Eleocharis dulcis, ↑needle spike rush, ↑needle rush, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • spike rush — /ˈspaɪk rʌʃ/ (say spuyk rush) noun any plant of the genus Eleocharis, family Cyperaceae, as the tall spike rush, E. sphacelata …   Australian English dictionary

  • needle spike rush — noun fine leaved aquatic spike rush; popular as aerator for aquariums • Syn: ↑needle rush, ↑slender spike rush, ↑hair grass, ↑Eleocharis acicularis • Hypernyms: ↑spike rush * * * noun : a common perenn …   Useful english dictionary

  • slender spike rush — noun fine leaved aquatic spike rush; popular as aerator for aquariums • Syn: ↑needle spike rush, ↑needle rush, ↑hair grass, ↑Eleocharis acicularis • Hypernyms: ↑spike rush …   Useful english dictionary

  • creeping spike rush — noun cylindrical stemmed sedge • Syn: ↑Eleocharis palustris • Hypernyms: ↑spike rush * * * noun : a cylindrical stemmed sedge (Eleocharis palustris) …   Useful english dictionary

  • square-stem spike rush — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : a spike rush (Eleocharis quadrangulata) with square angled stems …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spike — Spike, n. [Akin to LG. spiker, spieker, a large nail, D. spijker, Sw. spik, Dan. spiger, Icel. sp[=i]k; all perhaps from L. spica a point, an ear of grain; but in the sense of nail more likely akin to E. spoke of a wheel. Cf. {Spine}.] 1. A sort… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spike grass — Spike Spike, n. [Akin to LG. spiker, spieker, a large nail, D. spijker, Sw. spik, Dan. spiger, Icel. sp[=i]k; all perhaps from L. spica a point, an ear of grain; but in the sense of nail more likely akin to E. spoke of a wheel. Cf. {Spine}.] 1. A …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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