1. any of a genus (Typha) of the cattail family with reedlike leaves and long, brown, fuzzy, cylindrical flower spikes; esp., either of two species (T. latifolia and T. angustifolia) whose long, flat leaves are used in making baskets and matting
2. designating a family (Typhaceae, order Typhales) of monocotyledonous, tall marsh plants
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