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 Grab a mask, then dive down into the eelgrass just two to three miles off shore. al, "Swim with manatees in this charming Florida town," 16 Oct. 2019 As the otter population grew, eelgrass and other native species thrived. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "An unlikely savior for California’s coastal ecosystems: orphaned sea otters," 23 Sep. 2019 With this new project, the Navy expects to remove at least 1.6 acres of eelgrass, but will in turn plant 6.1 new acres. Daniel Langhorne, Daily Pilot, "Navy awards $154 million construction contract to modernize Seal Beach base," 5 Sep. 2019 The first, narrow, shady part of the tube run eventually gives way to open expanses with patches of water lettuce and underwater eelgrass swaying with the current. Patrick Connolly,, "Ichetucknee Springs provides visitors a 3-hour natural lazy river tube run," 13 Aug. 2019 According to a Navy report, biologists surveying the bottom of Anaheim Bay recently found 11.7 acres of eelgrass, which is protected habitat under state and federal laws. Daniel Langhorne, Daily Pilot, "Navy awards $154 million construction contract to modernize Seal Beach base," 5 Sep. 2019 In North Richmond, the California Coastal Conservancy recently installed 350 reef structures and planted eelgrass to connect the wetlands to upland habitat. Peter Fimrite,, "New maps show how little is left of West Coast estuaries," 17 Aug. 2019 On the glass bottom boat tours, visitors have the opportunity to peer through the crystal-clear spring water to see eelgrass and remnants of sunken watercraft below. Patrick Connolly,, "Florida Springs Guide: Silver Springs State Park," 22 July 2019 In their search the crabs cut through eelgrass, damaging essential sea life habitats. Andrea Pyenson,, "Green crabs are wreaking havoc on our coastal habitat. So let’s eat them.," 25 June 2019

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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 18 Feb. 2020.

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