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 Native plants like the Pacific cordgrass and pickleweed provide the muscle for sea level rise adaptation, said John Callaway, a wetlands restoration ecologist at the University of San Francisco. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Oct. 2021 East Anglia, the region with the country’s lowest average rainfall, is home to flora like corn chamomile, cordgrass and rolling heather but is also burdened with dry, sandy soil. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Clapper Rails live most of their lives on the ground, running through the cordgrass, staying well out of sight. Jacob Job, Scientific American, 16 July 2021 Environmental requirements include dredging of an ocean inlet to the Bolsa Chica wetlands, restoration of Bolsa Chica cordgrass marsh and creation of artificial reef habitat for fish off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2021 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,, 18 Nov. 2020 At low tide, damp cordgrass dotted with horseshoe crab shells stretches for hundreds of yards in every direction., 26 Sep. 2019 Their importance extends far beyond the cordgrass, to life both on land and under the sea., 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., 26 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of cordgrass

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Cordgrass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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