sedge

sedge

[sej]
noun
1.
any rushlike or grasslike plant of the genus Carex, growing in wet places. Compare sedge family.
2.
any plant of the sedge family.
3.
siege ( def 5 ).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English segge, Old English secg; akin to saw1; presumably so named from its sawlike edges

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sedge (sɛdʒ)
 
n
1.  any grasslike cyperaceous plant of the genus Carex, typically growing on wet ground and having rhizomes, triangular stems, and minute flowers in spikelets
2.  any other plant of the family Cyperaceae
 
[Old English secg; related to Middle High German segge sedge, Old English sagusaw1]
 
'sedgy
 
adj

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sedge
"coarse grass-like plant growing in wet places," O.E. secg, from P.Gmc. *sagjoz (cf. Low Ger. segge, Ger. Segge), from PIE base *sek- "cut" (cf. O.E. secg "sword"), on notion of plant with "cutting" leaves (cf. etymological sense of gladiolus, and possible connection to O.Ir. seisg, Welsh hesgreed "rush").
Often spelled seg, segg until present form triumphed early 1900s.
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