phragmites

noun
phrag·​mi·​tes | \ frag-ˈmī-ˌtēz How to pronounce phragmites (audio) \

Definition of phragmites

: any of a genus (Phragmites) of widely distributed reeds with tall stems and large showy panicles resembling plumes

First Known Use of phragmites

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phragmites

New Latin, from Greek phragmitēs growing in hedges, from phragma fence, hedge, from phrassein to enclose

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“Phragmites.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phragmites. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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