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Definition of "sedge" [sedge]

  • Any of numerous grasslike plants of the family Cyperaceae, having solid stems, leaves in three vertical rows, and spikelets of inconspicuous flowers, with each flower subtended by a scalelike bract. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sedge" in a sentence
  • "Ah kingly kiss – no more regret nor old deep memories to mar the bliss; where the low sedge is thick, the gold day-lily outspreads and rests beneath soft fluttering of red swan wings and the warm quivering of the red swan's breast."
  • "The perfect insects haunt sunny sedges and tree-stems -- whence the one is often called the sedge, the other the alder-fly -- and from thence drop into the trouts 'mouths; and within six inches of the bank will the good angler work, all the more sedulously and even hopefully if he sees no fish rising."
  • "The whole of the different fields were covered with either the stalks of weeds, corn-stalks, or what is called sedge -- something like spear-grass upon the poor limestone in England; and the steward told me nothing would eat it, which is true."