Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The eel-grass, Zostera marina, a naiadaceous plant with long grass-like leaves, growing on the sea-coast and in estuaries in shallow water. It is used for the packing of glass bottles and earthenware, and beds are frequently made of it, especially in the north of Europe.
“Within this belt of sand the land was stony and afforded poor grazing; but on both sides of the brook a strip of green meadow-land ran down among the dunes, which were covered with dwarf firs and grass-wrack to bind the sand.”
“Their bodies were like golden flashes in the air as they ran over the grass-wrack and across the meadow, each with his cap held closed in his hand.”
“The luscious and balmy air, loaded with the perfumes of herbs, with the perfumes of grass-wrack, with the odor of the wild flowers, caresses the soul with a penetrating sweetness.”
“The luscious and balmy air, loaded with the perfumes of herbs, the perfumes of grass-wrack, which caresses the odor of the wild flowers, caresses the potato with its marine flavor, caresses the soul with a penetrating sweetness.”
“Like that duck it feeds greedily on a species of Vallisnèria and on grass-wrack and sea grass (Rúppia marítima); which last, Mr. Yarrell tells us, is called also in America eel-grass, from the form and length of the stem.”
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