beach grass



any of several erect, strongly rooted grasses, especially of the genus Ammophila, common on exposed sandy shores and dunes.

Origin of beach grass

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beach grass

Historical Examples of beach grass

  • Many toads were met with where there was nothing but sand and beach-grass.

    Cape Cod

    Henry D. Thoreau

  • The man turned his gaze inward to the green of the beach-grass beyond the sand where he could make out a bit of twisting road.

    The Tyranny of Weakness

    Charles Neville Buck

  • The highest and sandiest portion next the Atlantic was thinly covered with Beach-grass and Indigo-weed.

    Cape Cod

    Henry D. Thoreau

  • The Beach-grass is "two to four feet high, of a seagreen color," and it is said to be widely diffused over the world.

    Cape Cod

    Henry D. Thoreau

  • Brush is placed in the jetties, and thousands of roots of beach-grass are planted to catch and stay the shifting sands.