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marram grass

Syllabification: mar·ram grass
Pronunciation: /ˈmerəm ˌɡras
 
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(also marram)

Definition of marram grass in English:

noun

A coarse grass of coastal sand dunes that binds the loose sand with its tough rhizomes, found in Europe, North America, and Australia.
  • 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.

Origin

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

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