beach grass


: any of several tough strongly rooted grasses that grow on exposed sandy shores
especially : any of a genus (Ammophila) of rhizomatous perennials widely planted to bind sandy slopes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Given the power of the rising sea, transplanting beach grass onto a dune might seem like a leap of faith. Taras Grescoe, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2022 Leblanc-Jomphe strides alongside the dune, inspecting the tufts of beach grass that have taken root on its crest. Taras Grescoe, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2022 The 96-room oceanfront resort is clad in cedarwood, which seamlessly compliments the tan dunes and muted chartreuse beach grass surrounding the property. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 The collaborative argues that the complex ecosystem in the dunes requires free-blowing sands to function, and that wildlife is threatened by the effects of invasive beach grass. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 Rough beach grass hisses against the cinder blocks of the building, and its one big window looks across the road to the marsh that leads to the sea. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, 4 May 2020 But the tribe is using everything at its disposal to calm the waves and restore a long, slim beach at the edge of Shinnecock Bay: dredged sand, sea grasses, beach grasses, boulders, oyster shells. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2020 But Shelter Island was in Mr. Pedersen’s bones, given his many years on the island — the salty sea air, the tall beach grass, the sand beneath the osprey nests. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, 30 July 2019 The tall beach grasses and sand dunes back up against historic mansions like Calvin Klein’s beach residence — all seen from the comfort of your beach chair. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, 11 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beach grass was in 1681

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“Beach grass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

beach grass

: any of several tough grasses with strong roots that grow on exposed sandy shores and include some planted to bind the soil on dunes or sandy slopes

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