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Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Typha, widespread in marshy places and having long straplike leaves and a dense cylindrical cluster of minute flowers and fruits. Also called reed mace.



any tall, reedlike marsh plant of the genus Typha, of the cattail family, esp. T. latifolia, with long sword-shaped leaves that are used to make mats, and cylindrical clusters of minute brown flowers. Also called bulrush.
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Noun1.cattail - tall erect herbs with sword-shaped leavescattail - tall erect herbs with sword-shaped leaves; cosmopolitan in fresh and salt marshes
genus Typha, Typha - reed maces; cattails
bullrush, bulrush, cat's-tail, nailrod, reed mace, reedmace, Typha latifolia - 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
lesser bullrush, narrow-leaf cattail, narrow-leaved reedmace, soft flag, Typha angustifolia - reed maces of America, Europe, North Africa, Asia
bog plant, marsh plant, swamp plant - a semiaquatic plant that grows in soft wet land; most are monocots: sedge, sphagnum, grasses, cattails, etc; possibly heath
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(kӕt) noun
1. a small, four-legged, fur-covered animal often kept as a pet. a Siamese cat.
2. a large wild animal of the same family (eg tiger, lion etc). the big cats.
ˈcatty adjective
spiteful, malicious. She's catty even about her best friend; catty remarks.
ˈcatcall noun
a shrill whistle showing disagreement or disapproval. the catcalls of the audience.
ˈcatfish noun
any of a family of scaleless fish with long feelers round the mouth.
ˈcatgut noun
a kind of cord made from the intestines of sheep etc, used for violin strings etc.
ˌcat's-ˈeye noun
a small, thick piece of glass fixed in the surface of a road to reflect light and guide drivers at night.
ˈcatsuit noun
a woman's close-fitting one-piece trouser suit.
ˈcattail noun
a tall plant that grows in wet places, with flowers shaped like a cat's tail.
let the cat out of the bag
to let a secret become known unintentionally.
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Dede, who had a fondness for cattails, established a fringe of them along the meadow stream, where they were left to fight it out with the water-cress.
Vegetation along the edges includes cattails and lily pads and some of the vegetation grows out onto the shelf.
Finally, on the night of October 26, I looked up to see the magnificent giant emerge from the cattails and start heading my way.
no cover by aquatic vegetation), cover of submerged vegetation at bank, cover of submerged vegetation at 1/4 of channel, cover of submerged vegetation at center of channel, cover of floating vegetation at bank, cover of floating vegetation at 1/4 of channel, cover of floating vegetation at center of channel, cover of emergent sedge-rush-grass vegetation at bank, cover of emergent sedge-rush-grass vegetation at 1/4 of channel, cover of sedge-rush-grass vegetation at center of channel, cover of cattails at bank, cover of cattails at 1/4 of channel, cover of cattails at center of channel, cover of over-story canopy at center of channel, distance to nearest tree, diameter at breast height (dbh) of nearest tree, distance to nearest neighboring tree, and dbh of nearest neighboring tree.
But the tattered stalks from last year's cattails are stringy with
Red-winged blackbirds and swamp sparrows sing from the cattails, and young boys are fishing in the pond, their bicycles haphazardly piled next to the dock.
Double Bull's new Bale Blind[TM] consists of a metal frame in which you weave natural materials like alfalfa, corn, straw, or cattails.
I didn't have a dog then, and I wasn't a very good shot, but Uncle Vern's acreage was an overgrown tangle of willows and cattails and pigweed.
To copy this effect, Beaulieu suggests planting taller plants like reeds, cattails and cannas in clusters in the background.
Part of the reserve is operated as a tule marsh where cattails wave in the breeze.
The shoreline is ringed with cattails and thick submerged vegetation.
Like beavers, muskrats build lodges out of sticks, twigs, cattails and bulrushes, reinforcing them with mud.