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lyme grass

/ laɪm /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of lyme grass1

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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Example Sentences

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

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.

The Scottish Parliament likewise protected it, together with Elymus arenarius, or upright sea-lyme grass.

Elymus arenarius (lyme grass) occurs on sandy sea-shores in the north temperate zone and is a useful sand-binder.

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

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