Definition of bulrush in English:

bulrush

Syllabification: bul·rush
Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝olˌrəSH
 
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(also bullrush)

noun

1 another term for cattail.
2A tall rushlike water plant of the sedge family. Native to temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, it has been widely used for weaving and is grown as an aid to water purification in some areas.
  • Scirpus lacustris, family Cyperaceae
More example sentences
  • Visitors are especially intrigued by the large frog pond, complete with real frogs, pollywogs, bog plants, bulrushes, pickerel and water lilies, adjacent to the winery tasting room and cellars.
  • Norma Keane studied water flowers such as white water lilies and bulrushes while Darren Roache enjoyed completing his work on crustaceans.
  • Plants like cattails, bulrushes, jewelweed, and the lovely cardinal flower do best with alternating wet and dry periods, and survive flooding as long as most of the leaves are out of the water.
3(In biblical use) a papyrus plant.
More example sentences
  • Studying it, I finally grasped the connection between the story of the bulrushes and Moses' death before entering the Promised Land.
  • And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.
  • The biblical story of Moses records that, in order to avoid the persecution of the Pharaoh, Moses' parents concealed him by the river in an ark of bulrushes, from which he was rescued by the Pharaoh's daughter.

Origin

late Middle English: probably from bull1 in the sense 'large or coarse', as in words such as bullfrog.

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