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sedge

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Pronunciation: /sɛdʒ
 
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Definition of sedge in English:

noun

A grass-like plant with triangular stems and inconspicuous flowers, growing typically in wet ground. Sedges are widely distributed throughout temperate and cold regions.
  • Family Cyperaceae: Carex and other genera
Example sentences
  • Grasses, sedges and bamboos are grown mostly for their foliage and anything that enhances that effect is worth having.
  • Mallards are omnivorous, eating seeds, stems, and roots from a variety of aquatic plants, especially sedges, grasses, pondweeds, and smartweeds.
  • Also present are bog asphodel, deer grass and sedges such as slender sedge and bog sedge.

Origin

Old English secg, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin secare 'to cut'.

Derivatives

sedgy

1
adjective

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