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common name for members of the Cyperaceae, a family of grasslike and rushlike herbs found in all parts of the world, especially in marshes of subarctic and temperate zones.
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(Scirpus), a genus of perennial, rarely annual, plants of the family Cyperaceae. The flowers are bisexual, in spikelets, gathered into umbrelled paniculate or capitate inflorescences. There are usually six perianth bristles; however, sometimes they are absent. There are two or three stigmas. More than 250 species are found throughout the world. In the USSR there are approximately 20 species, growing in damp places and in water. The great bulrush (Scirpus lacustris), which often makes up vast thickets, forms peat. Its stalks, measuring up to 2.5 m in height, are used to weave various articles. They are also used as material for packing, heat insulation, and construction. The stalks are eaten by muskrats and water rats. The species S. sylvaticus is fed as hay to cattle; its young shoots are a favorite food of deer. The species S. gracilis (native to India) and S. prolifer (native to Africa and Australia) are cultivated as ornamentals. The genera Holoschoenus and Dichostylis, which are distributed in the moderately warm regions of Eurasia, are sometimes considered as the genus Scirpus. Plants of the genus Phragmites of the family Gramineae are often incorrectly called bulrush.



1. a grasslike cyperaceous marsh plant, Scirpus lacustris, used for making mats, chair seats, etc.
2. a popular name for reed mace (sense 1): the name derived from Alma-Tadema's painting of the finding of the infant Moses in the "bulrushes" — actually reed mace
3. a biblical word for papyrus (the plant)
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This is the river where a young mother hid her baby in the bulrushes so that he might escape the Pharaoh's murderous edict against Jewish male babies.
Cattails and bulrushes will replace the invasive phragmites that have choked the waterways.
A south wind pushes us towards the bulrushes (scirpus californicus) that are so abundant in the Cruces.
The 2004 catalogue, 'Portraits and other recent acquisitions' includes a Moses in the Bulrushes by Reynolds, which is striking for reds and blues in the skin and swaddling that attest to the artist's experimentation with colour, and brushwork reminiscent of Rubens.
Tiny, 3-month-old Moses lies in his basket of papyrus and pitch, resting in the bulrushes, just at the point of discovery.
So it is with great personal interest and scholarship that he retells this ancient story of Moses in the bulrushes.
The field flooded in his imagination, its stubble greening and lengthening into stands of cattails and the 20-foot culms of bulrushes, with mallards and pintails swimming underneath them.
Like beavers, muskrats build lodges out of sticks, twigs, cattails and bulrushes, reinforcing them with mud.
Because most plants tend to thrive in boggy conditions, it's important to exclude those like bulrushes which are are likely to take over.
can do nothing to divert one's gaze as the bulrushes so perfectly
Today, the originally unplanted wetland is filled mainly with cattails and bulrushes, while the other has about a six plant species.