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marram grass

[mar-uh m] /ˈmær əm/
a grass, Ammophila arenaria, having matted, creeping rhizomes, grown on sandy shores of Europe, North America, and Australia to bind the sand.
Also called marram.
Origin of marram grass
1630-40; orig. East Anglian dial.; < Old Norse marálmr, equivalent to marr sea (see mere2) + hálmr grass (see haulm) Unabridged
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marram grass

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
C17 marram, from Old Norse marálmr, from marr sea + hálmrhaulm
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