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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Sedge can easily be told from reed, rush or grass, as sedge has a sharp triangular-sectioned stem.
▪ A sedge was ablaze with yellow spikes.
▪ Just one wide awake sedge warbler sang solo as stars began to twinkle in the darkening night sky.
▪ Pure sedge was harvested for ridge thatching as it was more flexible than reed.
▪ Reed and sedge warblers were the dominant songsters.
▪ Tufts of sand sedge, precisely spaced, pushed through the sandy soil from nodules on long underground roots.
▪ Wintery conditions disappeared and summer-like spells brought hatches of black gnat and sedge particularly towards the dam end of the reservoir.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sedge \Sedge\, n. [OE. segge, AS. secg; akin to LG. segge; -- probably named from its bladelike appearance, and akin to L. secare to cut, E. saw a cutting instrument; cf. Ir. seisg, W. hesg. Cf. Hassock, Saw the instrument.]

  1. (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Carex, perennial, endogenous, innutritious 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.

    Note: The name is sometimes given to any other plant of the order Cyperace[ae], which includes Carex, Cyperus, Scirpus, and many other genera of rushlike plants.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) A flock of herons.

    Sedge hen (Zo["o]l.), the clapper rail. See under 5th Rail.

    Sedge warbler (Zo["o]l.), a small European singing bird ( Acrocephalus phragmitis). It often builds its nest among reeds; -- called also sedge bird, sedge wren, night warbler, and Scotch nightingale.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"coarse grass-like plant growing in wet places," Old English secg "sedge, reed, rush," from Proto-Germanic *sagjoz (cognates: Low German segge, German Segge), probably from PIE root *sek- "to cut" (see section (n.) and compare Old English secg, identical in form but meaning "sword;" and German schwertel-gras "sedge" from schwert "sword"), on notion of plant with "cutting" leaves (compare etymological sense of gladiolus). Old Irish seisg, Welsh hesgreed "rush" might represent a similar sense development from the same root. Often spelled seg, segg until present form triumphed early 1900s.


Etymology 1 n. 1 Any plant of the genus ''Carex'', the (vern true sedge pedia=1)s, 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. 2 Any plant of the family Cyperaceae. 3 A flock of herons. Etymology 2

n. 1 (obsolete spelling of siege English) 2 (alternative spelling of segge English)


n. grasslike or rushlike plant growing in wet places having solid stems, narrow grasslike leaves and spikelets of inconspicuous flowers

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Usage examples of "sedge".

He turned back to Theo and Cumber Sedge as his friends at the bar shouted what sounded like genial insults at the out-of-towner.

He tugged Theo toward the front of the restaurant with Applecore buzzing along beside their heads and Cumber Sedge hurrying along after.

Zirus skipped off toward a long limousine that was idling in a little parking lot just beside the gate, Theo slowed down until Cumber Sedge caught up with him.

Applecore buzzed back in, followed a few moments later by a waitress, who took one look at Theo and Cumber Sedge and went to take orders at the other table first.

He had felt sure that the book was the reason he had been dragged out of his own world, but so far no one had asked to see it or even asked him about it, even though he had mentioned it to Lady Aemilia and Cumber Sedge, just to name two people here in Daffodil House.

He bent and got hold of Cumber Sedge as best he could, draping him awkwardly over his shoulder, then ran, his heart swelling in his chest until he thought his ribs would explode outward.

He kicked it again and again until it had to let go of Cumber to protect itself, curling like a silent, stinking spider, but even after the ferisher was free Theo kept kicking it in a screaming fury of horror and disgust, kicking the torso into broken meat and fragmented bone, until Cumber Sedge yanked him away.

A pang of jealousy shot through me for a moment, as Hasting came splashing through the sedges.

In the field the dead sedge was drifted nearly out of sight and the snow stood in razor kerfs atop the fencewires and the silence was breathless.

It looked over a green slope to the ripples of the river gleaming between sedges and purple loosestrife and swaying feathers of meadowsweet.

A brackish pool it was, lying so close to the sea: a damson-colored water of rock and sedge and salty mosses and secrets.

He climbed over the sedge and eely oarweeds and sat on a stool of rock, resting his ashplant in a grike.

At midnight, Brother Odum Tate, itinerant nondenominational evangelist, kneels in the dry sedge just east of the highway.

Included in the several hundred pounds of roughage consumed every day, which they passed through their bodies within twelve hours, was a small, though necessary, addition of succulent, broad-leaved, more nutritious plants, or occasionally a few choice leaves of willow, birch, or alder trees, higher in food value than the coarse tallgrass and sedge, but toxic to mammoths in large quantities.

Naiades, of the wandring brooks, With your sedged crowns and ever-harmless looks, Leave your crisp channels, and on this green land Answer your summons .