Definitions

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

  • n. See beach grass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ammophila arundinacea, a coarse grass found on sandy beaches.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coarse grass found on sandy beaches (Ammophila arundinacea). See Beach grass, under beach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common grass of northern shores, Ammophila arundinacea. See Ammophila. Also marrum, marum, matweed, and halm.

Etymologies

Of Scandinavian origin; see mori- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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.

    Weatherwatch: A storm that made a desert on the Moray Firth

  • These contrasted with the areas of deep yellow broom blossoms and the shiny greyish green leaves of the marram grass.

    Country diary: Nairn Dunes

  • 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.

    Country diary: Nairn Dunes

  • 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.

    Land of Green Gables

  • 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.

    Do├▒ana National Park, Spain

  • 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.

    Country diary: South Uist

  • 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.

    World's Top Places To Play Golf

  • 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.

    Beach Life No.1

  • Introduced weeds such as gorse (Ulex europaeus), Chilean guava (Ugni molinae), and marram grass (Ammophila arenaria) are all problematic as well.

    Chatham Island temperate forests

  • 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.

    Te Wahipounamu (South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area), New Zealand

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  • "When the monster didn't
    show the marram
    was permitted to reoccupy
    the fortified strip"
    - from "Holkham Gap" by W.G. Sebald, translated by Iain Galbraith, in Across the Land and the Water - p 68 of the Random House hardcover

    August 15, 2012