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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  3. photuria,
  4. php,
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  6. phragmoplast,
  7. phrasal,
  8. phrasal verb,
  9. phrasally,
  10. phrase

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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