from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various nonflowering plants of the genus Equisetum, having a jointed hollow stem and narrow, sometimes much reduced leaves. Also called equisetum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various simple vascular plants, of the family Equisetaceae, that have hollow stems and produce spores.
  • n. A Turkish standard denoting rank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leafless plant, with hollow and rushlike stems. It is of the genus Equisetum, and is allied to the ferns. See Illust. of equisetum.
  • n. A Turkish standard, denoting rank.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A horse's tail, especially when severed from the body.
  • n. A hippurite.
  • n. In anatomy, the leash of nerves in which the spinal cord ends: technically called cauda equina. See cauda.
  • n. A plant of the genus Equisetum. See cut under Equisetaceæ.
  • n. In meteorology, a form of cirrus cloud.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. perennial rushlike flowerless herbs with jointed hollow stems and narrow toothlike leaves that spread by creeping rhizomes; tend to become weedy; common in northern hemisphere; some in Africa and South America


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