American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See beach grass.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common grass of northern shores, Ammophila arundinacea. See Ammophila. Also marrum, marum, matweed, and halm.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A coarse grass found on sandy beaches (Ammophila arundinacea). See Beach grass, under beach.
- Of Scandinavian origin; see mori- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In Culbin it was the removal of turf for fuel and building materials, and the marram or bent grass along the seashore for thatch, that allowed the wind to whip up the sand.”
“These contrasted with the areas of deep yellow broom blossoms and the shiny greyish green leaves of the marram grass.”
“They were restricted to open areas of bare sand with a little marram grass and scattered clumps of the caterpillars 'only known food plant, the yellowy reddish-blossomed kidney vetch.”
“At the end of the road, I stashed the bike in the marram grass and followed a trail over the dunes to a beach lapped by quiet surf.”
“The mobile outer dunes are sparsely vegetated with marram grass Ammophila arenaria, and camarina Corema album, with buckthorn-juniper Rhamno-Juniperetum macrocarpas communities The dry dunes inland have Rhamno-Juniperetum sophora communities.”
“Last week's winds have swept the fine white sand across the face of the dunes, half filling the familiar hollows and frosting the marram grass.”
“With its rolling dunes, marram grass and breathtaking ocean vistas, Barnbougle could be easily mistaken for Ballybunion on Ireland's west coast--with wider fairways, different accents and the possibility of an off-course encounter with the Tasmanian Devil a carnivorous marsupial the size of a smallish dog that really exists.”
“Buckets and spades hung up in the beach hut, the Primus stove put back on the garage shelf as autumn winds sigh through the marram grass.”
“Introduced weeds such as gorse (Ulex europaeus), Chilean guava (Ugni molinae), and marram grass (Ammophila arenaria) are all problematic as well.”
“The most prolific weedis gorse, marram grass is widespread in South Westland and willow is a potentially serious threat to streams, but at present is easily controlled.”
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