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cattail

[kat-teyl] /ˈkætˌteɪl/
noun
1.
any tall, reedlike marsh plant of the genus Typha, especially T. latifolia, having long, sword-shaped leaves and dense, cylindrical clusters of minute brown flowers.
Also called bulrush, reed mace.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English cattestail. See cat, tail1
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cattail

n.

also cat's tail, type of plant, mid-15c., from cat (n.) + tail (n.).

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