A tall erect rush or flag (Typha latifolia
) growing widely in fresh and salt marshes, with long, flat, sword-shaped leaves, having clusters of small brown flowers in a dense cylindrical spike at the top of the stem; -- called also bulrush
and reed mace
. The leaves are frequently used for seating chairs, making mats, etc. See Catkin
. [1913 Webster
" The lesser cat-tail is Typha angustifolia."