eel·​grass | \ ˈēl-ˌgras How to pronounce eelgrass (audio) \

Definition of eelgrass

1 : a submerged long-leaved monocotyledonous marine plant (Zostera marina) that is found especially in coastal temperate waters and whose dried stems and leaves are used especially as packing material in woven goods

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Recent Examples on the Web Izembek Lagoon holds one of the world’s largest beds of eelgrass, a rich food source for Pacific brant geese, endangered Steller’s eider sea ducks and other migratory birds. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2022 For projects that affect tidal or ocean habitat, that may include planting new eelgrass beds or restoring marshland. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 Sixty-eight vessels currently reside in the anchorage within an eelgrass protection zone, according to Steve McGrath, executive director for the RBRA. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2022 In San Diego, those include marshes, wetlands, mud flats, eelgrass and seagrass beds. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2022 Dufour said the eelgrass nourishes many seabirds, including the Pacific black brant, on their journey from the Arctic to Baja California. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Mar. 2022 The otters eat crabs, which in turn eat invertebrates like sea slugs, which eat the algae that grows on the eelgrass. Matt Simon, Wired, 4 Nov. 2021 The team notes that otters are not the only driving force behind eelgrass genetic diversity. New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Thanks to the return of the otters, the amount of eelgrass in Elkhorn Slough has jumped 600 percent in the last three decades. Matt Simon, Wired, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of eelgrass

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Eelgrass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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