Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The thrift, Armeria vulgaris, and also one of the glassworts, Salicornia herbacea, both seaside plants; also, the eel-grass (Zostera marina), the tassel-grass(Rappia maritima), the gulfweed (Sargassum), and probably other marine plants.
  • n. variety of cirrus cloud whose form suggests the name: it is a forerunner of stormy weather.
  • n. In phytogeography, a marine vegetation, or one of the plants composing it, which roots in loose soil under shallow water and sends up long floating leaves or stems; an enalid. Algæ (Caulerpa and Characeæ) are included under this term, phanerogams (Potamogetonaceæ and Vallisueriaceæ, including Enhalus) predominating. Compare benthos.

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Examples

  • Her apartment is always clean and decorated perfectly, the sea-grass rug perfectly complementing her beige couch and navy chairs.

    The Lo-Down

  • The marshlands, coral reefs, and sea-grass meadows that support coastal life are imperiled by ecological shocks such as major oil spills.

    Andrew Lakoff: Our Energy Production System: Too Big to Fail

  • More water evaporates from the bay than flows into it from the Everglades this time of year, creating a sink-like effect that leaves the delicate ecosystem at some risk of attracting oil flows, said James Fourqurean, a sea-grass ecologist at Florida International University.

    Oil-Spill Answers: When and Where Will the Oil Slick Come Ashore?

  • Other projects might include diverting irrigation water from Texas farmers to ensure brackish lagoons have enough freshwater to sustain their sea-grass beds.

    Obama's Gulf Coast restoration plan is short on details

  • The Nature Conservancy is drafting a detailed plan for the gulf, to be unveiled at the end of the month, that will include everything from restoring oyster beds that have been harvested for road building to providing more freshwater to Laguna Madre, which accounts for three-fourths of Texas's sea-grass habitat.

    Obama's Gulf Coast restoration plan is short on details

  • A sea-grass carpet stretched across the cheap parquet floor, and a large glass coffee table was stacked with books and magazines.

    Georgia’s Kitchen

  • Mangrove swamp grows around the edge of the lagoon and inshore waters support sea-grass meadows.

    Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles

  • Without quite knowing how or why, she found herself pushing open the door, standing on the sea-grass matting, a wall of consultants waiting for her to speak.

    The Forgotten Garden

  • Though small, Chek Jawa contains several different ecosystems: a coastal hill forest, mangroves, a sea-grass lagoon, and a rocky shoreline.

    Singapore

  • Stefen Chow for The Wall Street Journal Though small, Chek Jawa contains several different ecosystems: a coastal hill forest, mangroves, a sea-grass lagoon and a rocky shoreline.

    Going Back 30 Years, by Boat

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