Definition of tule in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈto͞olē/


A large bulrush that is abundant in marshy areas of California.
  • Genus Scirpus, family Cyperaceae: two species, S. acutus and S. validus.
Example sentences
  • Digging deeper, he would have found long-dormant seeds of marsh sedges and the sleeping rhizomes of tules and cattails.
  • By late summer, it has dried almost entirely - nothing but weary, bent tules and polygonal cracks in sunbaked mud.
  • Egrets, terns, mallards, pelicans, eagles, tundra swans, and herons browsed amid thickets of 10-foot-tall bulrushes known as tule (too-lee).


Mid 19th century: via Spanish from Nahuatl tullin.

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Syllabification: tu·le

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