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.

Examples of sea oats in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Retiring 102-year-old, Mississippi’s bad dam, snowplow strike: News from around our 50 states," 16 Jan. 2020 Plant sea oats, bluestem, and other native coastal vegetation to restore dunes. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Alabama beach mouse helped build the dunes that protect our coast," 23 Oct. 2019 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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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, PEOPLE.com, "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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“Sea oats.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sea%20oats. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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