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eelgrass

[eel-gras, -grahs] /ˈilˌgræs, -ˌgrɑs/
noun
1.
a grasslike marine plant, Zostera marina, having ribbonlike leaves.
Origin of eelgrass
1780-1790
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90; eel + grass
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  • The eelgrass of the river was supposed to yield eels in a similar fashion.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Then in the eelgrass there was a funny isopod, called Caprella.

  • Soon he was in the edge of the eelgrass and "catching crabs," first on one side, then on the other.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Young lobsters have also been found in eelgrass and on sandy bottoms in shallow water.

  • The sides of the vessel below the water line were incrusted with barnacles and eelgrass fully six inches thick!

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for eelgrass

eelgrass

/ˈiːlˌɡrɑːs/
noun
1.
any of several perennial submerged marine plants of the genus Zostera, esp Z. marina, having grasslike leaves: family Zosteraceae
2.
another name for tape grass
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