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1A rush, Juncus gerardii, that grows in salt marshes in north temperate regions; also called saltmarsh rush.
2Any of several clubrushes belonging or formerly belonging to the genus Scirpus.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Science<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in James Edward Smith (1759–1828), botanist.
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