Definition of sea oats

: a tall grass (Uniola paniculata) that has panicles resembling those of the oat, grows chiefly on the coast of the southern U.S., and is useful as a sand binder also : a related plant (Chasmanthium latifolium synonym U. latifolia) chiefly of the eastern U.S.

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Outdoor space: The half-acre lot is large by Sanibel standards and planted with palms, sea grape and sea oats. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Looking for a Beach House? It’ll Cost You," 2 Aug. 2019 An endless line of dunes topped with sea oats separates beachgoers from the rest of the world. Bob Rountree,, "The Talbot Islands: paradise on the edge," 10 Apr. 2018 Barlow, who lives near Richmond, has been visiting the island in recent weeks to plant sea oats. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Shelly Island survived Irma, but park service renews warning not to swim there," 14 Sep. 2017 Far from the sea oats and white sands of their Atlantic Beach, Florida, wedding site, the engaged Senior Airmen decamped to the stark surroundings of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Susan Keating,, "Couple Skips Wedding to Rescue People From Hurricane Irma — and Gets Married in a Hangar: ‘We Wanted to Help’," 12 Sep. 2017 Here, the only sounds are those of nature: crashing waves, rustling sea oats, shore birds calling to one other and bottlenose dolphins splashing in the shallows. Smithsonian, "Discover more of Fort Myers and Sanibel's pristine beaches.," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of sea oats

1879, in the meaning defined above

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