• WordNet 3.6
    • n bulrush tall rush with soft erect or arching stems found in Eurasia, Australia, New Zealand, and common in North America
    • n bulrush tall marsh plant with cylindrical seed heads that explode when mature shedding large quantities of down; its long flat leaves are used for making mats and chair seats; of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bulrush bụl"rŭsh` (Bot) A kind of large rush, growing in wet land or in water.☞ The name bulrush is applied in England especially to the cat-tail (Typha latifolia and Typha angustifolia) and to the lake club-rush (Scirpus lacustris); in America, to the Juncus effusus, and also to species of Scirpus or club-rush.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bulrush The popular name for large rush-like plants growing in marshes. It is very indefinitely used. Thus, while Johnson says the bulrush is without knots, Dryden (“Meleager and Atalanta”) calls it “the knotty bulrush.” Some authors apply the name to Typha latifolia and T. angustifolia (cat's-tail or reed-mace); but it is more generally restricted to Scirpus lacustris, a tall rush-like plant from which the bottoms of chairs, mats, etc., are manufactured. (See Scirpus.) In the United States the name is commonly given to species of Juncus. The bulrush of Egypt (Ex. ii. 3) is the papyrus, Cyperus Papyrus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bulrush bool′rush a large strong rush, which grows on wet land or in water—often applied to the cat's-tail (Typha)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bulrysche, bolroysche,; of uncertain origin, perh. fr. bole, stem + rush,


In literature:

Jogues sprang into the bulrushes and could have got away.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
He landed among a mass of bulrushes.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
The giant was in the midst of it; but weak as the bulrush were the mighty limbs of Maximus before the rushing gale.
"Ungava" by R.M. Ballantyne
The lighthouse rose out of the sea like a bulrush out of a pond!
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
The bulrushes rise in ranks, like the spears of a great army, surrounding and guarding the colony of the marsh.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
It would remind me of Moses in the bulrushes.
"History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians" by George Mogridge
This wall marks the spot, according to local tradition, where Moses was taken from the bulrushes.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
Where Ugh-lomi lay was well hidden from the tribe by a thicket of alders, and all fenced about with bulrushes and tall reeds.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
Most strange against it, a fringe of marshy grass, of bulrushes!
"The Spirit of Rome" by Vernon Lee
And there among the bulrushes, one bright June morning, he had a fight with one of his own kind.
"Forest Neighbors" by William Davenport Hulbert

In poetry:

This picture does the story express
Of Moses in the bulrushes.
How livelily the painter's hand
By colours makes us understand!
"On A Picture Of The Finding Of Moses" by Charles Lamb
Every bulrush, parched and welted,
Lifts his long joints yellow-belted;
Every lotus, faint and sick,
Hangs her fragrant tongue to lick.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Where, oh where are life's lilies and roses,
Nursed in the golden dawn's smile?
Dead as the bulrushes round little Moses,
On the old banks of the Nile.
"Questions And Answers" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And the next land he found, it was low and hollow ground -
Where once the cities stood,
But the man-high thistle had been master of it all,
Or the bulrush by the flood.
"The King's Pilgrimage" by Rudyard Kipling
Where will-o'-the-wisps and glow-worms shine,
In bulrush and in brake;
Where waving mosses shroud the pine,
And the cedar grows, and the poisonous vine
Is spotted like the snake;
"The Slave In The Dismal Swamp" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
An' den I’m quiet, too scare to spik,
Wile Pierre he paddle me down de crick,
Easy an' nice he mak' her go
Close to de shore w'ere de bulrush grow,
W'ere de pike an' de beeg feesh lak to feed,
Deir nose stickin' out w'ere you see de weed--
"Keep Out Of The Weeds" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

The Rush City Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored its 6th Annual Fall Golf Classic at Bulrush Golf Course on Sept 21.
The winning team with a score of 20 under par was Team Bulrush , pictured, consisting of (from left) Greg Vacinek, Ed Schmidt, Jessie Voight and Alicia Voight.
Food trays made from bulrush and other plant fibers.
Swallows darted over the cordgrass and bulrushes, and an osprey circled overhead.
They make their homes in bank dens or lodges similar to those of the beaver, but constructed mostly of bulrushes, weeds, brush and mud.