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  1. any of several tall grasses of the genus Phragmites, having plumed heads, growing in marshy areas, especially the common reed P. australis (or P. communis).
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Origin of phragmites

< New Latin (1820) < Greek phragmī́tēs growing in hedges, equivalent to phrágm(a) fence, breastwork, screen (noun derivative of phrássein (Attic phráttein) to fence in, hedge around) + -ītēs -ite1
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Historical Examples

  • It feeds on the common reed (Phragmites) in the autumn, and hybernates till the following spring, when it resumes its feeding.

    Butterflies and Moths

    William S. Furneaux

  • Other plants identified on the area were: common reed grass (Phragmites communis) and slender grass wort (Salicornia europea).

  • The Papyrus antiquorum, ten feet high, has much the same habit as our Phragmites and other water plants.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • Dr. William Marshall writes, that it only breeds in certain localities where a large water reed (Phragmites arundinacea) abounds.

    Darwinism (1889)

    Alfred Russel Wallace

  • Hides by day in the old stems of reed (Phragmites), and feeds at night on the leaves, August to October.