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 for Scouring rush
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.
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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
     Wood rush, any plant of the genus Luzula, which differs
        in some technical characters from Juncus.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scour \Scour\ (skour), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scoured; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Scouring.] [Akin to LG. sch["u]ren, D. schuren,
     schueren, G. scheuern, Dan. skure; Sw. skura; all possibly
     fr. LL. escurare, fr. L. ex + curare to take care. Cf.
     1. To rub hard with something rough, as sand or Bristol
        brick, especially for the purpose of cleaning; to clean by
        friction; to make clean or bright; to cleanse from grease,
        dirt, etc., as articles of dress.
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     2. To purge; as, to scour a horse.
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     3. To remove by rubbing or cleansing; to sweep along or off;
        to carry away or remove, as by a current of water; --
        often with off or away.
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              [I will] stain my favors in a bloody mask,
              Which, washed away, shall scour my shame with it.
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     4. [Perhaps a different word; cf. OF. escorre, escourre, It.
        scorrere, both fr. L. excurrere to run forth. Cf.
        Excursion.] To pass swiftly over; to brush along; to
        traverse or search thoroughly; as, to scour the coast.
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              Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain. --Pope.
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     5. To cleanse or clear, as by a current of water; to flush.
              If my neighbor ought to scour a ditch. --Blackstone.
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     Scouring barrel, a tumbling barrel. See under Tumbling.
     Scouring cinder (Metal.), a basic slag, which attacks the
        lining of a shaft furnace. --Raymond.
     Scouring rush. (Bot.) See Dutch rush, under Dutch.
     Scouring stock (Woolen Manuf.), a kind of fulling mill.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dutch \Dutch\, a. [D. duitsch German; or G. deutsch, orig.,
     popular, national, OD. dietsc, MHG. diutsch, tiutsch, OHG.
     diutisk, fr. diot, diota, a people, a nation; akin to AS.
     pe['o]d, OS. thiod, thioda, Goth. piuda; cf. Lith. tauta
     land, OIr. tuath people, Oscan touto. The English have
     applied the name especially to the Germanic people living
     nearest them, the Hollanders. Cf. Derrick, Teutonic.]
     Pertaining to Holland, or to its inhabitants.
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     Dutch auction. See under Auction.
     Dutch cheese, a small, pound, hard cheese, made from skim
     Dutch clinker, a kind of brick made in Holland. It is
        yellowish, very hard, and long and narrow in shape.
     Dutch clover (Bot.), common white clover ({Trifolium
        repens), the seed of which was largely imported into
        England from Holland.
     Dutch concert, a so-called concert in which all the singers
        sing at the same time different songs. [Slang]
     Dutch courage, the courage of partial intoxication. [Slang]
     Dutch door, a door divided into two parts, horizontally, so
        arranged that the lower part can be shut and fastened,
        while the upper part remains open.
     Dutch foil, Dutch leaf, or Dutch gold, a kind of brass
        rich in copper, rolled or beaten into thin sheets, used in
        Holland to ornament toys and paper; -- called also Dutch
        mineral, Dutch metal, brass foil, and bronze leaf.
     Dutch liquid (Chem.), a thin, colorless, volatile liquid,
        C2H4Cl2, of a sweetish taste and a pleasant ethereal
        odor, produced by the union of chlorine and ethylene or
        olefiant gas; -- called also Dutch oil. It is so called
        because discovered (in 1795) by an association of four
        Hollandish chemists. See Ethylene, and Olefiant.
     Dutch oven, a tin screen for baking before an open fire or
        kitchen range; also, in the United States, a shallow iron
        kettle for baking, with a cover to hold burning coals.
     Dutch pink, chalk, or whiting dyed yellow, and used in
        distemper, and for paper staining. etc. --Weale.
     Dutch rush (Bot.), a species of horsetail rush or
        Equisetum+({Equisetum+hyemale">Equisetum ({Equisetum hyemale) having a rough,
        siliceous surface, and used for scouring and polishing; --
        called also scouring rush, and shave grass. See
     Dutch tile, a glazed and painted ornamental tile, formerly
        much exported, and used in the jambs of chimneys and the
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     Note: Dutch was formerly used for German.
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                 Germany is slandered to have sent none to this
                 war [the Crusades] at this first voyage; and that
                 other pilgrims, passing through that country,
                 were mocked by the Dutch, and called fools for
                 their pains.                       --Fuller.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Equisetum \Eq`ui*se"tum\, n.; pl. Equiseta. [L., the
     horsetail, fr. equus horse + seta a thick,, stiff hair,
     bristle.] (Bot.)
     A genus of vascular, cryptogamic, herbaceous plants; -- also
     called horsetails.
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     Note: The Equiseta have hollow jointed stems and no true
           leaves. The cuticle often contains siliceous granules,
           so that one species ({E. hyemale) is used for scouring
           and polishing, under the name of Dutch rush or
           scouring rush.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  scouring rush
      n 1: evergreen erect horsetail with rough-edged stems; formerly
           used for scouring utensils [syn: scouring rush, rough
           horsetail, Equisetum hyemale, Equisetum hyemale
           robustum, Equisetum robustum]

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