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 ).
(1820) < Greek phragmī́tēs
growing in hedges, equivalent to phrágm
) fence, breastwork, screen (noun derivative of phrássein
) to fence in, hedge around) + -ītēs -ite1