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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.
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(Plants) US a type of bulrush (Scirpus acutus) found in Western America, esp California, in marshes and beside lakes and ponds
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(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.
Several western king birds perched on the impenetrable Tule reeds fortifying the runnel's banks swayed in the warm breeze.
In early 1970,1 first searched for Tule Lake, the American concentration camp in Northern California where my mother, my grandparents, and seven aunts and uncles were incarcerated during World War II solely because of their Japanese ancestry.
At the hearing, the panel has the discretion to grant the company an extension through 9 September 2019 in order to regain compliance with the tule. There can be no assurance that the panel will extend the stay of the trading suspension beyond the automatic 15 calendar-day period or ultimately grant the company's request for continued listing on Nasdaq, the company added.
Japanese-American filmmaker Konrad Aderer presents Resistance at Tule Lake, a DVD documentary about the harshest and most densely packed of the concentration camps that the American government used to imprison Japanese-American citizens and legal residents en masse during World War II.
I have had Chessies since I was 12, way back when I lived in a little place called Tule Lake, California, in the 1940s.
It is a very good development that establishes a mechanism for setting up the SWFs which will smoothen out the effects of volatility of oil prices and permit the intertemporal transfer of benefit from oil wealth (Tule, 2014).
Director, Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Moses Tule stated this recently at the sidelines of a colloquium to x-ray the effectiveness of fiscal and monetary policies on the nation's capital market in Abuja.
Tule, explains that the electronic devices are intended to help enhance the work of the LRA in archiving its domestic resources mobilization.
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.