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sedge

 (sĕj)
n.
Any of numerous grasslike plants of the family Cyperaceae, characteristically having solid three-sided stems, leaves arranged in three rows, and spikelets of inconspicuous flowers.

[Middle English segge, from Old English secg; see sek- in Indo-European roots.]

sedge

(sɛdʒ)
n
1. (Plants) any grasslike cyperaceous plant of the genus Carex, typically growing on wet ground and having rhizomes, triangular stems, and minute flowers in spikelets
2. (Plants) any other plant of the family Cyperaceae
[Old English secg; related to Middle High German segge sedge, Old English sagu saw1]
ˈsedgy adj

sedge

(sɛdʒ)

n.
any rushlike or grasslike plant of the genus Carex, growing in wet places.
[before 900; Middle English segge, Old English secg, akin to saw1; presumably so named from its sawlike edges]

Sedge, Sege

 a collection of rush-like marsh plants, hence, a group of sea or marsh birds that use it as a nesting place. Also, siege.
Examples: sedge of bitterns; of cranes; of herons—Bk. of St. Albans, 1486.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sedge - grasslike or rushlike plant growing in wet places having solid stems, narrow grasslike leaves and spikelets of inconspicuous flowerssedge - grasslike or rushlike plant growing in wet places having solid stems, narrow grasslike leaves and spikelets of inconspicuous flowers
Cyperaceae, family Cyperaceae, sedge family - bulrush; chufa; cotton grass; papyrus; umbrella plant
Cyperus alternifolius, umbrella sedge, umbrella plant - African sedge widely cultivated as an ornamental water plant for its terminal umbrellalike cluster of slender grasslike leaves
chufa, Cyperus esculentus, earth almond, ground almond, rush nut, yellow nutgrass - European sedge having small edible nutlike tubers
Cyperus longus, galingale, galangal - European sedge having rough-edged leaves and spikelets of reddish flowers and aromatic roots
Cyperus papyrus, Egyptian paper reed, Egyptian paper rush, paper plant, paper rush, papyrus - tall sedge of the Nile valley yielding fiber that served many purposes in historic times
Cyperus rotundus, nut grass, nut sedge, nutgrass, nutsedge - a widely distributed perennial sedge having small edible nutlike tubers
Carex arenaria, sand reed, sand sedge - European maritime sedge naturalized along Atlantic coast of United States; rootstock has properties of sarsaparilla
Carex pseudocyperus, cypress sedge - tufted sedge of temperate regions; nearly cosmopolitan
cotton grass, cotton rush - any sedge of the genus Eriophorum; north temperate bog plants with tufted spikes
hardstem bulrush, hardstemmed bulrush, Scirpus acutus - widely distributed North American sedge having rigid olive green stems
Scirpus cyperinus, wool grass - sedge of eastern North America having numerous clustered woolly spikelets
spike rush - a sedge of the genus Eleocharis
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
Translations
sara
sás

sedge

[sedʒ] Njunco m, juncia f

sedge

nRiedgras nt, → Segge f
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After these tender contests and her victory she would go away by herself under the remotest cow, if at milking-time, or into the sedge, or into her room, if at a leisure interval, and mourn silently, not a minute after an apparently phlegmatic negative.
An angler happened luckily to be a-fishing a little below me, though some very high sedge had hid him from my sight.
It was possible, I reflected, that a mere different arrangement of the particulars of the scene, of the details of the picture, would be sufficient to modify, or perhaps to annihilate its capacity for sorrowful impression; and, acting upon this idea, I reined my horse to the precipitous brink of a black and lurid tarn that lay in unruffled lustre by the dwelling, and gazed down--but with a shudder even more thrilling than before--upon the remodelled and inverted images of the grey sedge, and the ghastly tree-stems, and the vacant and eye-like windows.
The song may be compared to that of the Sedge warbler, but is more powerful; some harsh notes and some very high ones, being mingled with a pleasant warbling.
As I sit at my window this summer afternoon, hawks are circling about my clearing; the tantivy of wild pigeons, flying by two and threes athwart my view, or perching restless on the white pine boughs behind my house, gives a voice to the air; a fish hawk dimples the glassy surface of the pond and brings up a fish; a mink steals out of the marsh before my door and seizes a frog by the shore; the sedge is bending under the weight of the reed-birds flitting hither and thither; and for the last half-hour I have heard the rattle of railroad cars, now dying away and then reviving like the beat of a partridge, conveying travellers from Boston to the country.
The waterfowl are gone To cover o'er the sand-dunes; dawn alone Shall call them from the sedges.
It makes it so cumbersome and dangerous to manage, you never know a moment's freedom from anxiety and care, never gain a moment's rest for dreamy laziness - no time to watch the windy shadows skimming lightly o'er the shallows, or the glittering sunbeams flitting in and out among the ripples, or the great trees by the margin looking down at their own image, or the woods all green and golden, or the lilies white and yellow, or the sombre- waving rushes, or the sedges, or the orchis, or the blue forget-me-nots.
We have taken a wrong turning, and come to a wrong place," said Father Brown, looking out of the window at the grey-green sedges and the silver flood.
Now and again a peaty amber colored stream rippled across their way, with ferny over-grown banks, where the blue kingfisher flitted busily from side to side, or the gray and pensive heron, swollen with trout and dignity, stood ankle-deep among the sedges.
Something brown was rolling and tossing among the green sedges.
One of the best is the sedge Carex Frosted Curls, whose narrow hair-like leaves shimmer in the breeze.
Continue on the boardwalk and then turn left through the carr (wet woodland consisting mainly of willow and alder), eventually crossing the vast open expanse of Sedge Fen.