from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A grass, Ammophila arundinacea (Psamma arenaria): so called from its use in making mats. Also called sea-mat-weed, halm, and marram.
  • noun Less properly— Spartina stricta, seaside-grass.
  • noun Nardus stricta, small matweed (see mat-grass)
  • noun Lygeum Spartum, hooded matweed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A name of several maritime grasses, as the sea sand-reed (Ammophila arundinacea) which is used in Holland to bind the sand of the seacoast dikes (see Beach grass, under beach); also, the Lygeum Spartum, a Mediterranean grass of similar habit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany Any of several maritime grasses.


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mat +‎ weed


  • The next day I looked over my load of matweed, having given it that name, and separated the different lengths from each other.

    Life And Adventures Of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I. (of II.)

  • These I carried to the wood, and tried them in several places to see where they might be disposed to most advantage in the nature of a tent, and having found a convenient spot to my purpose, I cut divers poles for supporters, and making straining lines of my matweed, I pitched a noble one, sufficient to cover or entertain a numerous company, and so tight everywhere as to keep out the weather.

    Life And Adventures Of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I. (of II.)


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