Chambers's Encyclopaedia; A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People Volume 2

Chambers's Encyclopaedia; A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...llth January 1818. BU'LRUSH, an English popular name for large rush-like or reed-like plants growing in marshes, not very strictly limited to any particular kind. Some authors employ it in a restricted sense as the designation of plants of the genus Typha, also known as Cat's-tail or Reed-mace. See Typiia. It is perhaps more commonly restricted to large species of the genus Sdrpti-s (q. v.), also called Club-rush, and particularly to S. lacustrls, a common British plant, found also in all the northern parts of the world, growing about the muddy margins of lakes and ponds, with a creeping root and round stems varying from 2 to 8 feet in height, which are almost leafless, and bear their flowers in compound Bulrush (&T, umbels of small_ brown topof.tem.nd flower.-, spikelets on their side. (, _ jingle floret. The root is astringent and diuretic, and was formerly employed in medicine; but the stems are the most useful part of the plant, being much employed for making chairbottoms, mats, &c.; also by coopers for tilling up spaces between the seams of casks, to which purpose their spongy nature particularly adapts them, and not unfrequently for thatching cottages. BU'LTI, or LITTLE TIBET, a territory lying on the Upper Indus beyond the Himalaya, and forming a sort of debatable land between India and Tatary. It is immediately to the north of the Valley of Cashmere, with which it is politically connected by conquest It occupies about 8000 square miles, extending in N. lat. between 34 30' and 36, and in E. long, between 75 and 77. With an average elevation of about 7000 feet above the sea, B. is surrounded by mountains of nearly the same height above its own leveL Hence the temperature is such that only snow falls in what ought more

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