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

Examples of beach grass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Invasive plants such as European beach grass have destroyed and crowded the birds’ habitat, as has expanding development, which amplifies other natural dangers, too. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2024 The bundle is available in multiple colors, including graphite and steel oxford stripe, window pane, graphite, cream, blue tide, willow, beach grass, and white. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Jan. 2024 Still, the propeller plane went down, and the advertising banner chased it, and the beach grass shimmied, and chocolate milk flew from my mother’s thermos. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 2 June 2023 Bathrooms are stocked with custom Byredo toiletries that evoke the island’s beach grass and rosebuds. Linda Laban, Robb Report, 4 July 2023 The banner flutters in the air like an eel, shrouding the sun, dropping to beach grass. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 2 June 2023 Don’t expect great cellphone reception, and your closest neighbor might be a sandpiper nesting in the beach grass. Steve Annear,, 4 May 2023 These are quintessential Lake Michigan beaches, with wide, flat shorelines, beach grass, and a historic, bright red lighthouse at the west end of the South Pier at the mouth of the Black River. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 28 Apr. 2023 The gulls made makeshift nests from withered beach grass. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beach grass was in 1681

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“Beach grass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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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