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[too-lee; Spanish too-le] /ˈtu li; Spanish ˈtu lɛ/
noun, plural tules
[too-leez; Spanish too-les] /ˈtu liz; Spanish ˈtu lɛs/ (Show IPA)
either of two large bulrushes, Scirpus lacustris or S. acutus, found in California and adjacent regions in inundated lands and marshes.
Origin of tule
1830-40, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl tōlin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Golden light slanted through the tule reeds and into our houseboat cabin, and the sky was a crisp blue.
  • After the arbiter of bow-hunting records added the tule elk to its list of targets, hunters set out in pursuit.

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