any tall, reedlike marsh plant of the genus Typha, especially T. latifolia, having long, sword-shaped leaves and dense, cylindrical clusters of minute brown flowers.
So two very tired and cross young Fireflies sat on a last year’s cat-tail and sulked.
Among the Night People Clara Dillingham Pierson
What a pity that the world could not have the benefit of one of the pictures that West painted with his cat-tail brush.
The Diving Bell Francis C. Woodworth
Were just making a strategic retreat from cat-tail Marsh while the mosquitoes are having breakfast.
Roy Blakeley, Lost, Strayed or Stolen Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Yet the seeds, say, of the cat-tail flag always find the wet or the marshy places.
The Last Harvest John Burroughs
Line this hole well with dry moss or cat-tail down, the down is best, and place the trap in the nest.
Wolf and Coyote Trapping A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
But one nest was all they could find—a ball of grasses fastened between two cat-tail flags.
Citizen Bird Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
This is the root of a plant something like the cat-tail in looks—that is, it has the same kind of long, narrow ribbon-like leaves.
Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store Laura Lee Hope
When the tule is not within reach our cat-tail rush is used.
The Medicine-Men of the Apache. (1892 N 09 / 1887-1888 (pages 443-604)) John G. Bourke
Nest a ball of woven flags and grasses, lined with cat-tail down, and attached to rushes in salt marsh over two feet of water.
The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
Pass the cat-stopper through the ring of the anchor, through the chock, belay it to the cat-tail, and seize it to its own part.
The Seaman’s Friend Richard Henry Dana
another word for bulrush
also cat’s tail, type of plant, mid-15c., from cat (n.) + tail (n.).
any tall, reedlike marsh plant of the genus Typha, especially T. latifolia, having long, sword-shaped leaves and dense, cylindrical clusters of minute brown flowers. Historical Examples Perched upon a swaying last year’s cattail, Mr. Red-winged Blackbird shook his head in reply. The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey They may have been saying: “Already […]
James McKeen [muh-keen] /məˈkin/ (Show IPA), 1860–1944, U.S. psychologist, educator, and editor. Historical Examples Mr. Cattell had suggestions of a technical kind to offer, with which I need not trouble you. A Thin Ghost and Others M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James Also some of their Cattell perish, either by disease or mischance. The Devil in […]
catlike; feline. slyly malicious; spiteful: a catty gossip. (in China and southeast Asia) a weight equal to about 1½ pounds (680 grams) avoirdupois. Contemporary Examples Meanwhile, the gay Republican group, GOProud, cut their own ad, describing Frank as a “catty.” What If Barney Loses? Samuel P. Jacobs October 24, 2010 Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and Nolan […]
a train of sleds and other vehicles mounted on runners, the whole procession drawn by a tractor with caterpillar treads. noun (Canadian) a train of sleds, cabooses, etc, pulled by a caterpillar tractor, used chiefly in the north during winter to transport freight