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1. Any of several bulrushes that grow in marshy lowlands of the southwest United States.
2. tu·les (to͞o′lēz) Northern California Marshy or swampy land. Also called regionally tule land.

[American Spanish, from Nahuatl tōlin, reed, sedge.]
Word History: Low, swampy land is called tules or tule land in the parlance of northern California. When the Spanish colonized Mexico and Central America in the 1500s, they borrowed many words from Nahuatl, the language spoken by many of the peoples of central Mexico at the time, including the Aztecs, and still spoken by almost a million and a half people in Mexico today. The Nahuatl word tōlin, meaning "reed, sedge," was borrowed into Spanish as tule. Later, when English-speaking settlers began to move into western California in the first part of the 1800s, they borrowed the American Spanish word tule from the speakers of Spanish in the area and used it refer to certain varieties of bulrush native to California. Eventually the meaning of the word was extended to the marshy land where the bulrushes grew.


(Plants) US a type of bulrush (Scirpus acutus) found in Western America, esp California, in marshes and beside lakes and ponds


(ˈtu li, -leɪ)

n., pl. -les.
either of two large bulrushes, Scirpus lacustris or S. acutus.
[1830–40, Amer.; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl tōlin]
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Hundreds of Greek and Italian fishermen, up river and down bay, had searched every slough and tule patch for it.
Tule, explains that the electronic devices are intended to help enhance the work of the LRA in archiving its domestic resources mobilization.
The contracts include County of Fresno, County of Tulare, Hills Valley Irrigation District, Kern-Tulare Water District, Kern-Tulare Water District (from Rag Gulch Water District), Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Pixley Irrigation District, and Tri-Valley Water District.
The Tule Lake Relocation Center in Northern California hosted a particularly unusual display of patriotism on Labor Day 1942--the residents were Japanese Americans whom the US government had recently forced out of their homes to live in guarded camps, fearing they might collude with the enemy.
Spirit gives a definitive account of how Oregon Trail homesteaders started to displace the native Modoc tribe from its homeland around Tule Lake, leading to a war in 1872-1873.
Geologists and paleontologists from the US describe the geology and paleontology of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument; the geography, stratigraphy, and paleontology of the Santa Ana Mountains; Neogene sedimentation, volcanism, and faulting in the eastern Coyote Mountains; arc magmatism, tectonism, and tempos in Mesozoic arc crust sections of the Peninsular and Transverse Ranges; late Cretaceous to early Neogene tectonic development of the southern Sierra Nevada region; and the geology of the Cemex Inc.
Roadside Geology of Nevada joins other books in the series to prove geologists and travelers alike with a fine travelogue through Nevada's unique geologic landscape, and covers areas ranging from the Tule Springs Fossil Beds to the Great Basin National Park's caves and Pyramid Lake's tufa towers.
Tom Shapland, founder and CEO of Tule Technologies, said the company's primary goal is to help growers answer two questions every day: How stressed are my vines relative to where I want them to be?
Moses Tule, said the restrictions on the use of electronic payment cards abroad would likely to be lifted when reserves increase to between $50 billion and $200 billion.
I was reminded of that quilt and the Japanese-American friend when viewing the traveling exhibit - "Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake" - at Eugene's federal courthouse.
Bipartisan, congressional approval for protecting and preserving Harriet Tubman's heroic life and work, Columbian mammoths and Ice Age fossils at Tule Springs, and the complexity of the Manhattan Project continue to make our National Park System our country's best idea," Bunting added.
that defined and confined the so-called camp at Tule Lake?