tule

tu·le (to͞o’lē)
n. 1) Any of several bulrushes that grow in marshy lowlands of the southwest United States. 2) tu·les (to͞o’lēz) Northern California Marshy or swampy land. Also called regionally tule land.
[American Spanish, from Nahuatl tōlin, reed, sedge.]
Word History: Low, swampy land is called tules or tule land in the parlance of northern California. When the Spanish colonized Mexico and Central America in the 1500s, they borrowed many words from Nahuatl, the language spoken by many of the peoples of central Mexico at the time, including the Aztecs, and still spoken by almost a million and a half people in Mexico today. The Nahuatl word tōlin, meaning "reed, sedge," was borrowed into Spanish as tule. Later, when English-speaking settlers began to move into western California in the first part of the 1800s, they borrowed the American Spanish word tule from the speakers of Spanish in the area and used it refer to certain varieties of bulrush native to California. Eventually the meaning of the word was extended to the marshy land where the bulrushes grew.

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  • tūlė — tūlė̃ (ž.) sf. (4) Jn, Rtr, OGLII46, NdŽ, FrnW, DŽ1, Lž, Mžk, Slnt, Šv, Krtv; D.Pošk daugybė, būrys: Par tokią tū̃lę gyvuolių nėr ganyklos J. Tūlė̃ darbininkų buvo J. Iš tūlė̃s atsiranda visokių J.Jabl(Als). Toki tūlė̃ svieto – ir neišmins linų… …   Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • tulė — tulė̃ sf. (4) J.Jabl, FrnW, NdŽ, FrnW, KŽ, Vl, Lkč, Grš, Lkš, Snt, Dkš, Šn, Mrj, tùlė (2) Vlkv, Plv, PnmA, Šmk, Sk, Skdv, Rs, Kv, End, Plt, Žd, Vkš; Brt, Šil, Prn 1. J.Jabl, NdŽ ašies įvorė: Tulė užmaujama N. Medis įstatomas į tùlę Pkn.… …   Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • tule — TÚLE (formă de imperativ) v. tuli. (pop. şi fam.; în expr.) A o tuli (la sau de fugă sau la sănătoasa) = a fugi (repede şi pe furiş), a o şterge. Tule o! sau tulea! = pleacă imediat (şi repede)! fugi! şterge o! întinde o! [imper. şi: tule, tulea] …   Dicționar Român

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  • tule — s. m. Tecido leve e transparente de seda ou algodão …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

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  • tule — ☆ tule [to͞o′lē ] n. [Sp < Nahuatl to:lin, cattail] either of two large bulrushes (Scirpus acutus or S. validus) found in lakes and marshes of the SW U.S …   English World dictionary

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