cord·​grass | \ ˈkȯrd-ˌgras How to pronounce cordgrass (audio) \

Definition of cordgrass

: any of a genus (Spartina) of chiefly salt-marsh grasses of coastal regions of Europe, northern Africa, and the New World that have stiff culms and panicled spikelets

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Recent Examples on the Web The wastewater disperses nearly 33 days later as highly treated effluent into marsh, through the legs of wood storks and roseate spoonbills and then to an expanse of cordgrass and sable palms of the St. Johns River. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando’s secret life of sewers: What workers hope you never know," 18 Nov. 2020 At low tide, damp cordgrass dotted with horseshoe crab shells stretches for hundreds of yards in every direction., "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 Their importance extends far beyond the cordgrass, to life both on land and under the sea., "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 In Wellfleet, at the mouth of the Herring River, swaths of cordgrass growing along the water’s edge are missing large patches, denuded down to the bare earth like craters., "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 The terraces, created by dredging material from the bay bottom, would be planted with hardy vegetation — smooth cordgrass, often called oystergrass — that would hold together the terraces’ soil. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Cow Trap Lake Project a success on multiple levels," 10 May 2018 Calls and murmurs of birds fill the air scented with native cordgrass, marsh gumplant, and alkali heath, all planted and naturalized in the 10 years since these salt ponds were opened to the bay. National Geographic, "How the Bay Area Is Restoring Nature's Delicate Balance," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of cordgrass

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Cordgrass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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