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(Science: botany) 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 t. Angustifolia) and to the lake club-rush (Scirpus lacustris); in America, to the Juncus effusus, and also to species of Scirpus or club-rush.

Origin: oe. Bulrysche, bolroysche; of uncertain origin, perh. Fr. Bole stem _ rush.