(In Scotland, especially the Western Isles) low-lying arable or grazing land formed near the coast by the deposition of sand and shell fragments by the wind: machair is the focus of most Hebridean crofting agriculture [count noun]: machairs occupy long stretches of the western seaboard
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- On Iona, the threat is to its white sand beaches and the coastal machair which protects low-lying areas further inland.
- On the lower ground, choose a line which leads over crofting machair land to a tractor track back to the village.
- The Atlantic Ocean has created a sandy plain, known as machair, which blankets the west coast of the whole island chain, providing some very fertile soils.
late 17th century: from Scottish Gaelic.