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beach grass

any of several erect, strongly rooted grasses, especially of the genus Ammophila, common on exposed sandy shores and dunes.
Origin of beach grass
1675-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The man turned his gaze inward to the green of the beach-grass beyond the sand where he could make out a bit of twisting road.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • Many toads were met with where there was nothing but sand and beach-grass.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
  • The beach-grass is "two to four feet high, of a seagreen color," and it is said to be widely diffused over the world.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
  • The highest and sandiest portion next the Atlantic was thinly covered with beach-grass and Indigo-weed.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
  • Brush is placed in the jetties, and thousands of roots of beach-grass are planted to catch and stay the shifting sands.

  • So did the old house and big barn and all the tumbledown buildin's stuck there in the beach-grass and sand.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln

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