a sedge of species Carex halleriana


  • IPA(key): /sɛd͡ʒ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛdʒ
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English segge, from Old English seċġ, from Proto-West Germanic *sagi, from Proto-Germanic *sagjaz, from Proto-Indo-European *sak- (marsh plant).

Cognate with Dutch zegge and German Segge, dialectal German Saher (reeds).


sedge (countable and uncountable, plural sedges)

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  1. Any plant of the genus Carex, the true sedges, perennial, endogenous 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.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      But when the moon rose and the breeze awakened, and the sedges stirred, and the cat's-paws raced across the moonlit ponds, and the far surf off Wonder Head intoned the hymn of the four winds, the trinity, earth and sky and water, became one thunderous symphony—a harmony of sound and colour silvered to a monochrome by the moon.
  2. Any plant of the family Cyperaceae.
  3. Any of certain other plants resembling sedges, such as Gentiana rubricaulis and Andropogon virginicus.
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Etymology 2Edit

By contraction from sedge fly.


sedge (plural sedges)

  1. (fishing) A dry fly used in fly fishing, designed to resemble a sedge or caddis fly.

Etymology 3Edit

Variant spellings.


sedge (plural sedges)

  1. Obsolete spelling of siege
  2. A flock of herons, cranes, or bitterns.


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