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.

1425–75; late Middle English cattestail. See cat, tail1 Unabridged
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cat-tail or cattail
another word for bulrush
cattail or cattail

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Word Origin & History

type of plant, mid-15c., from cat + tail.
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Example sentences
Cattail rootstocks are much more valuable as food for wildlife than are the seeds.
It's a dragonfly swooping down to land on a cattail.
With enough root disturbance, discing can set back cattail regrowth.
Many species use the bulrush and cattail habitat that lines the lake's small bays.
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