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

Examples of phragmites in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Holdaway also wants to put cows on the land to knock back the phragmites, the 10-foot-high invasive reeds choking the shorelines. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 After about three months, most of the phragmites were gone. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Rushforth and other scientists who study the lake reject this characterization of the lake’s condition, arguing current restoration efforts — like phragmites and carp removal along with habitat restoration — are working. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 According to the Utah Department of Natural Resources, it is not known how much water would be saved by removing phragmites since they will eventually be replaced by other water-loving, preferably native plants, such as bulrushes and cattails. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Mar. 2022 One could either get soaked or fight through tangles of 12-foot-high phragmites, a reed species that thrives in wetlands. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 30 Dec. 2021 One priority for eastern Wisconsin is to prevent non-native phragmites, or common reed grass, from expanding farther west, said Granberg. Brittany Trang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 Spreading mechanism: Can spread through seed, but like phragmites, mostly spreads through rhizomes that can stretch up to 6 feet deep and 65 feet away from the parent plant. Brittany Trang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 The brown, grassy hills, bordered by small dogwoods and tawny drooping phragmites, are not especially beautiful. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Yorker, 24 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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8 Jun 2022

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“Phragmites.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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