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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bulrush  \Bul"rush`\,  n.  [OE.  bulrysche  bolroysche  of  uncertain 
  origin,  perh.  fr  bole  stem  +  rush.]  (Bot.) 
  A  kind  of  large  rush,  growing  in  wet  land  or  in  water. 
 
  Note:  The  name  bulrush  is  applied  in  England  especially  to 
  the  cat-tail  ({Typha  latifolia}  and  {T.  angustifolia}) 
  and  to  the  lake  club-rush  ({Scirpus  lacustris});  in 
  America,  to  the  {Juncus  effusus},  and  also  to  species 
  of  {Scirpus}  or  club-rush. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bulrush 
  n  1:  tall  marsh  plant  with  pokerlike  seed  heads  that  explode  when 
  mature  shedding  large  quantities  of  down  its  long  flat 
  leaves  are  used  for  making  mats  and  chair  seats;  of 
  North  America,  Europe,  Asia  and  North  Africa  [syn:  {cat's-tail}, 
  {bullrush},  {nailrod},  {reed  mace},  {reedmace},  {Typha 
  latifolia}] 
  2:  tall  rush  with  soft  erect  or  arching  stems  found  in  Eurasia, 
  Australia,  New  Zealand,  and  common  in  North  America  [syn: 
  {bullrush},  {common  rush},  {soft  rush},  {Juncus  effusus}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Bulrush 
  (1.)  In  Isa.  58:5  the  rendering  of  a  word  which  denotes 
  "belonging  to  a  marsh,"  from  the  nature  of  the  soil  in  which  it 
  grows  (Isa.  18:2).  It  was  sometimes  platted  into  ropes  (Job. 
  41:2;  A.V.,  "hook,"  R.V.,  "rope,"  lit.  "cord  of  rushes"). 
 
  (2.)  In  Ex  2:3,  Isa.  18:2  (R.V.,  "papyrus")  this  word  is  the 
  translation  of  the  Hebrew  _gome_,  which  designates  the  plant  as 
  absorbing  moisture.  In  Isa.  35:7  and  Job  8:11  it  is  rendered 
  "rush."  This  was  the  Egyptian  papyrus  (papyrus  Nilotica).  It  was 
  anciently  very  abundant  in  Egypt.  The  Egyptians  made  garments 
  and  shoes  and  various  utensils  of  it  It  was  used  for  the 
  construction  of  the  ark  of  Moses  (Ex.  2:3,  5).  The  root  portions 
  of  the  stem  were  used  for  food.  The  inside  bark  was  cut  into 
  strips,  which  were  sewed  together  and  dried  in  the  sun,  forming 
  the  papyrus  used  for  writing.  It  is  no  longer  found  in  Egypt, 
  but  grows  luxuriantly  in  Palestine,  in  the  marshes  of  the  Huleh, 
  and  in  the  swamps  at  the  north  end  of  the  Lake  of  Gennesaret. 
  (See  {CANE}.) 
 




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