marram grass

[ mar-uhm ]
/ ˈmær əm /

noun

a grass, Ammophila arenaria, having matted, creeping rhizomes, grown on sandy shores of Europe, North America, and Australia to bind the sand.

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Also called marram.

Origin of marram grass

First recorded in 1630–40; originally dialect (East Anglian); from Old Norse marálmr, equivalent to marr “sea” + hálmr “grass”; see mere2, haulm
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British Dictionary definitions for marram grass

marram grass
/ (ˈmærəm) /

noun

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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