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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.
1630-40; orig. East Anglian dial.; < Old Norse marálmr, equivalent to marr sea (see mere2) + hálmr grass (see haulm) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for marram grass

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

any of the sand-binding plants in the genus Ammophila (family Poaceae). These coarse, perennial grasses are about one metre (about three feet) tall and grow on sandy coasts of temperate Europe, North America, and northern Africa

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