sedge


sedge
sedge (n.) "coarse grass-like plant growing in wet places," O.E. secg, from P.Gmc. *sagjoz (Cf. Low Ger. segge, Ger. Segge), from PIE root *sek- "cut" (Cf. O.E. secg "sword"), on notion of plant with "cutting" leaves (Cf. etymological sense of gladiolus, and possible connection to O.Ir. seisg, Welsh hesgreed "rush"). Often spelled seg, segg until present form triumphed early 1900s.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sedge — [sej] n. [ME segge < OE secg, akin to sagu, SAW1: from the shape of the leaves] any of the plants of the sedge family often found on wet ground or in water, having usually triangular, solid stems, three rows of narrow, pointed leaves, and… …   English World dictionary

  • sedge — [sedʒ] n [U] [: Old English; Origin: secg] a plant similar to grass that grows in wet ground and on the edge of rivers and lakes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sedge — [ sedʒ ] noun uncount a plant like grass that grows in wet areas …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sedge — ► NOUN ▪ a grass like plant with triangular stems and inconspicuous flowers, growing typically in wet ground. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • sedge — noun Etymology: Middle English segge, from Old English secg; akin to Middle High German segge sedge, Old English sagu saw more at saw Date: before 12th century any of a family (Cyperaceae, the sedge family) of usually tufted monocotyledonous… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sedge — /sej/, n. 1. any rushlike or grasslike plant of the genus Carex, growing in wet places. Cf. sedge family. 2. any plant of the sedge family. 3. siege (def. 5). [bef. 900; ME segge, OE secg; akin to SAW1; presumably so named from its sawlike edges] …   Universalium

  • sedge — n. 1 any grasslike plant of the genus Carex with triangular stems, usu. growing in wet areas. 2 an expanse of this plant. Phrases and idioms: sedge warbler (or wren) a small warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, that breeds in sedge. Derivatives:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sedge — Recorded as Sedge, Sedger, Setch, Sedgman, Sedgeman, and locationally Sedgefield, from the village of the same spelling in County Durham, and Sedgeworth or Sedgewood, the name means the same, a now lost village in the county of Norfolk, this is… …   Surnames reference