Definition of tule in English:


Pronunciation /ˈto͞olē/ /ˈtuli/


  • A large bulrush that is abundant in marshy areas of California.

    Genus Scirpus, family Cyperaceae: two species, S. acutus and S. validus

    ‘Digging deeper, he would have found long-dormant seeds of marsh sedges and the sleeping rhizomes of tules and cattails.’
    • ‘By late summer, it has dried almost entirely - nothing but weary, bent tules and polygonal cracks in sunbaked mud.’
    • ‘Egrets, terns, mallards, pelicans, eagles, tundra swans, and herons browsed amid thickets of 10-foot-tall bulrushes known as tule (too-lee).’
    • ‘The tule reeds might be ripped out, damaging the slough's filtration system.’
    • ‘In my youth, this was a murky place filled with stands of tule reeds, bubbling pools of stagnant water and little streams that ran between islands of bushes and reeds.’


Mid 19th century via Spanish from Nahuatl tullin.