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lyme grass

noun
  1. a N temperate perennial dune grass, Elymus arenarius, with a creeping stem and rough bluish leaves
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Word Origin

C18: probably a respelling (influenced by its genus name, Elymus) of lime 1, referring to its stabilizing effect (like lime in mortar)
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Historical Examples

  • It feeds on the stems of lyme-grass (Elymus arenarius) in May and June.

    The Moths of the British Isles, First Series

    Richard South

  • Suddenly, from one of these where there was no lyme-grass to keep down the sand, there arose as it were a thick smoke.

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland

    Hans Christian Andersen

  • The sea-reed's and the lyme-grass's blue-green sharp blades gave some variety to the white sand.

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland

    Hans Christian Andersen

  • Only the yellow sand along the shore remained as it was; it has no flowers to deck itself with, and lyme-grass is all its finery.

    Tales of Two Countries

    Alexander Kielland