from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A collective name of grasses growing in salt-meadows, consisting largely of species of Spartina.
  • n. The principal American salt-grass is Distichlis spicata, less properly called alkali-grass. This grass endures the salt of the sea-shore and the alkali of the interior, chiefly in moist ground. It serves as a sand-binder, and is eaten by stock where nothing better can be had. Also called sand-grass.
  • n. Same as rough-leafed salt-grass.


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