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 for Spike 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.
                                                    --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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spike \Spike\, n. [Akin to LG. spiker, spieker, a large nail, D.
     spijker, Sw. spik, Dan. spiger, Icel. sp[imac]k; all perhaps
     from L. spica a point, an ear of grain; but in the sense of
     nail more likely akin to E. spoke of a wheel. Cf. Spine.]
     1. A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron
        set with points upward or outward.
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     2. Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
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              He wears on his head the corona radiata . . .; the
              spikes that shoot out represent the rays of the sun.
                                                    --Addison.
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     3. An ear of corn or grain.
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     4. (Bot.) A kind of flower cluster in which sessile flowers
        are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
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     Spike grass (Bot.), either of two tall perennial American
        grasses ({Uniola paniculata, and Uniola latifolia)
        having broad leaves and large flattened spikelets.
  
     Spike rush. (Bot.) See under Rush.
  
     Spike shell (Zool.), any pteropod of the genus Styliola
        having a slender conical shell.
  
     Spike team, three horses, or a horse and a yoke of oxen,
        harnessed together, a horse leading the oxen or the span.
        [U.S.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  spike rush
      n 1: a sedge of the genus Eleocharis

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