from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A perennial grass of the genus Ammophila, especially A. breviligulata, native to sandy shores along the Great Lakes and Atlantic coast of North America, and having spikelets in long, erect, crowded clusters. It is commonly planted as a sand binder to stabilize dunes and combat beach erosion. Also called marram.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a coarse grass (Ammophila arundinacea), growing on the sandy shores of lakes and seas, which, by its interlaced running rootstocks, binds the sand together, and resists the encroachment of the waves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sand-reed, Ammophila arundinacea, a coarse grass with stout running root-stocks, growing on sandy beaches and protecting them from the winds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tough grasses with strong roots that can grow on exposed sandy shores


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