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.
The name is sometimes given to any other plant of the order Cyperace, which includes Carex, Cyperus, Scirpus, and many other genera of rushlike plants.
(Zol.) A flock of herons.
(Zol.), the clapper rail. See under 5th Rail. --
(Zol.), a small European singing bird (Acrocephalus phragmitis). It often builds its nest among reeds; -- called also
night warbler, and
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