marram grass

[mar-uh m]
noun
  1. a grass, Ammophila arenaria, having matted, creeping rhizomes, grown on sandy shores of Europe, North America, and Australia to bind the sand.

Origin of marram grass

1630–40; orig. East Anglian dial.; < Old Norse marálmr, equivalent to marr sea (see mere2) + hálmr grass (see haulm)
Also called mar·ram.
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British Dictionary definitions for marram grass

marram grass

noun
  1. any of several grasses of the genus Ammophila, esp A. arenaria, that grow on sandy shores and can withstand drying: often planted to stabilize sand dunes

Word Origin for marram grass

C17 marram, from Old Norse marálmr, from marr sea + hálmr haulm
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