Definition of marram grass in English:

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marram grass

Pronunciation: /ˈmarəm/
(also marram)


A coarse European grass of coastal sand dunes, binding the loose sand with its tough rhizomes.
  • Ammophila arenaria, family Gramineae.
Example sentences
  • I followed Sean away from the beach, down the sandy paths where the marram grass gave way to bracken and scrubby trees, deeper and deeper into the dunes.
  • A steep sand cliff rose 50m from the coast to form a complex system of dunes fixed by marram grass with areas where competitors faced soft energy-sapping sand.
  • These are not straggly, marram grass-threaded dunes as we know them.


Mid 17th century: from Old Norse marálmr, from marr 'sea' + hálmr 'haulm'.

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