Scouring rush

Scouring rush
Rush Rush, n. [OE. rusche, rische, resche, AS. risce, akin to LG. rusk, risch, D. & G. rusch; all probably fr. L. ruscum butcher's broom; akin to Goth. raus reed, G. rohr.] 1. (Bot.) A name given to many aquatic or marsh-growing endogenous plants with soft, slender stems, as the species of {Juncus} and {Scirpus}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Some species are used in bottoming chairs and plaiting mats, and the pith is used in some places for wicks to lamps and rushlights. [1913 Webster]

2. The merest trifle; a straw. [1913 Webster]

John Bull's friendship is not worth a rush. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

{Bog rush}. See under {Bog}.

{Club rush}, any rush of the genus {Scirpus}.

{Flowering rush}. See under {Flowering}.

{Nut rush} (a) Any plant of the genus {Scleria}, rushlike plants with hard nutlike fruits. (b) A name for several species of {Cyperus} having tuberous roots.

{Rush broom}, an Australian leguminous plant ({Viminaria denudata}), having long, slender branches. Also, the Spanish broom. See under {Spanish}.

{Rush candle}, See under {Candle}.

{Rush grass}, any grass of the genus {Vilfa}, grasses with wiry stems and one-flowered spikelets.

{Rush toad} (Zo["o]l.), the natterjack.

{Scouring rush}. (Bot.) Same as {Dutch rush}, under {Dutch.}

{Spike rush}, any rushlike plant of the genus {Eleocharis}, in which the flowers grow in dense spikes.

{Sweet rush}, a sweet-scented grass of Arabia, etc. ({Andropogon sch[oe]nanthus}), used in Oriental medical practice.

{Wood rush}, any plant of the genus {Luzula}, which differs in some technical characters from {Juncus}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • scouring rush — ☆ scouring rush [skour′iŋ ] n. HORSETAIL (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • Scouring rush — Scour Scour (skour), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scoured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scouring}.] [Akin to LG. sch[ u]ren, D. schuren, schueren, G. scheuern, Dan. skure; Sw. skura; all possibly fr. LL. escurare, fr. L. ex + curare to take care. Cf. {Cure}.] 1. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scouring rush — Dutch Dutch, a. [D. duitsch German; or G. deutsch, orig., popular, national, OD. dietsc, MHG. diutsch, tiutsch, OHG. diutisk, fr. diot, diota, a people, a nation; akin to AS. pe[ o]d, OS. thiod, thioda, Goth. piuda; cf. Lith. tauta land, OIr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scouring rush — Equisetum Eq ui*se tum, n.; pl. {Equiseta}. [L., the horsetail, fr. equus horse + seta a thick,, stiff hair, bristle.] (Bot.) A genus of vascular, cryptogamic, herbaceous plants; also called {horsetails}. [1913 Webster] Note: The {Equiseta} have… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scouring rush — /ˈskaʊrɪŋ rʌʃ/ (say skowring rush) noun 1. Also, Dutch rush. a widespread plant, Equisetum hyemale, family Equisetaceae, having long, scarcely branched stems which were formerly used for scouring and polishing pots and pans. 2. any of several… …   Australian English dictionary

  • scouring rush — any of certain horsetails, esp. Equisetum hyemale, used for scouring and polishing. Also called Dutch rush. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • scouring rush — noun Date: circa 1818 horsetail; especially one (Equisetum hyemale) with strongly siliceous stems formerly used for scouring …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scouring rush — noun Any of certain horsetails, especially rough horsetail (Equisetum hyemale), formerly used for scouring and polishing …   Wiktionary

  • scouring rush — noun a horsetail with a very rough ridged stem, formerly used for scouring and polishing. [Genus Equisetum, in particular E. hyemale.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • scouring rush — noun evergreen erect horsetail with rough edged stems; formerly used for scouring utensils • Syn: ↑rough horsetail, ↑Equisetum hyemale, ↑Equisetum hyemale robustum, ↑Equisetum robustum • Hypernyms: ↑horsetail …   Useful english dictionary