sedge

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English[edit]

The sedge Carex halleriana

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From Old English secg, from Proto-Germanic *sagjaz, from Proto-Indo-European *sak- (marsh plant). Cognate with Dutch zegge and German Segge, dialectal German Saher ‘reeds’.

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sedge (plural sedges)

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  1. Any plant of the genus Carex, the true sedges, perennial, endogenous herbs, often growing in dense tufts in marshy places. They have triangular jointless stems, a spiked inflorescence, and long grasslike leaves which are usually rough on the margins and midrib. There are several hundred species.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter VIII, The Younger Set:
      But when the moon rose and the breeze awakened, and the sedges stirred, and the cat's-paws raced across the moonlit ponds, and the far surf off Wonder Head intoned the hymn of the four winds, the trinity, earth and sky and water, became one thunderous symphony—a harmony of sound and colour silvered to a monochrome by the moon.
  2. Any plant of the family Cyperaceae.
  3. A flock of herons.
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Noun[edit]

sedge (plural sedges)

  1. obsolete spelling of siege
  2. Alternative spelling of segge

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