[eel-gras, -grahs]


a grasslike marine plant, Zostera marina, having ribbonlike leaves.

Origin of eelgrass

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; eel + grass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for eelgrass

Historical Examples of eelgrass

  • 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



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