follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for cattail
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for cattail

cat-tail

noun (Canadian)
1.
another word for bulrush
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for cattail
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for cattail

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for cattail

9
11
Scrabble Words With Friends