Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several perennial reeds of the genus Phragmites in the grass family, found worldwide in marshes and wetlands and having stems up to nearly 6 meters (20 feet) long.

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  • n. Any of several perennial reeds, of the genus Phragmites, found in wetlands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of grasses of the tribe Festuceæ and subtribe Arundineæ, distinguished from its relative Arundo by spikelets with the lowest flower staminate or sterile.

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

  • n. reeds of marshes and riversides in tropical or temperate regions

Etymologies

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

Latin phragmītēs, kind of reed growing in hedges, from Greek, fencing in, from phragma, fence, from phrassein, to fence in.

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From Latin phragmītēs, from Ancient Greek φραγμίτης (phragmitēs).

Examples

  • Environmental experts said that the plants known as phragmites will slowly strangle the

    WMTW.com - Local News

  • The Parks Dept. is currently eliminating invasive species, namely phragmites, porcelain berries and mugwarts, which Gunther said decreases biodiversity.

    Queens Tribune

  • Ward is also concerned about outbreaks of a common reed grass, called phragmites australis, which can be seen along the Lake Michigan shoreline near the Manitowoc Marina.

    The Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter Latest Headlines

  • Development of methods to control the highly invasive plants known as phragmites on both public and private property

    ENS

  • Included will be instruction on how to control invasive reed grass, or phragmites, which is an increasing problem along waterfronts in the area.

    The Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter Latest Headlines

  • Scattered, wet, clayey depressions support marsh vegetation such as phragmites, cattails, and wild rice; wild rice is much more common than in the marshes of northern New Jersey in Ecoregion 58, 64, and 67.

    Ecoregions of New Jersey (EPA)

  • All of the three priority areas may not receive treatment this year due to limited funding and high concentrations in those areas of invasive plants such as phragmites and saltcedar.

    News from www.nptelegraph.com

  • Loved to learn about zebra mussels and phragmites in class when we did invasive species.

    Host Needed for Outdoor TV Show

  • I had to hack phragmites in the marsh for two hours after rereading that cowardly piece of pandering.

    Knowing Jesse

  • They have a really ugly botanical name, phragmites, pronounced “frag mighties.”

    Knowing Jesse

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