sea oats


plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: 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.

Examples of sea oats in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grasses, such as sea oats and seeded eucalyptus, can help fill out the arrangement. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 Crews then bury it in sand and allow the decomposing sea grass to feed the sea oats and build up sand dunes. Dennis Pillion |, al, 17 Mar. 2023 Those native plants include the Turk’s cap flower, the buttonbush and inland sea oats. Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2022 Most of the seedlings were sea oats, a hardy species that can be found all the way up the coast to New Jersey. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 As morning glories and sea oats take root, dunes grow noticeably season to season. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Sep. 2021 Scientists find a 'real life' Patrick and Spongebob in ocean expedition Around 100 horses roam in the Corolla herd and have adapted to eating sea oats, persimmons, acorns and other native grasses on the island, the News & Observer reported. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 2 Aug. 2021 The ospreys and other shore birds had gone quiet now, the wind had fallen to whispers in the sea oats, even the waves seemed to slosh ashore in a hush. Mark Gauert,, 4 May 2021 Officials in Panama City Beach on Tuesday introduced a program that allows tourists during their visit to help build homes and plant sea oats in the sand dunes of neighboring Mexico Beach, which was demolished by the category 5 storm. USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sea oats was in 1879

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“Sea oats.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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