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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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     2. The merest trifle; a straw.
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              John Bull's friendship is not worth a rush.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.
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     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 (Zool.), 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 schoenanthus), used in Oriental medical
        practice.
  
     Wood rush, any plant of the genus Luzula, which differs
        in some technical characters from Juncus.
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