One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A horsetail with a very rough ridged stem, formerly used for scouring and polishing.
- ‘Dwarf scouring rush is a miniature horsetail only 8 inches tall.’
- ‘Joining these are three scouring rushes (common scouring rush, variegated scouring rush, and water horsetail) and the common, or field, horsetail.’
- ‘Equisetum are known as horsetails, foxtails, or scouring rushes - this last name is derived from the fact that Equisetum stores granules of silica within its cells, making it an effective tool for scrubbing pots and polishing wood.’
- ‘The transition into the moist prairie is heralded by scattered scouring rushes.’
- ‘Known commonly as the horsetail or scouring rush, this plant has emerged as one of the species that is increasingly recommended by garden designers.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.