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 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, sun-sentinel.com, 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 Plant sea oats, bluestem, and other native coastal vegetation to restore dunes. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 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, 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, 10 Apr. 2018 Barlow, who lives near Richmond, has been visiting the island in recent weeks to plant sea oats. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sea oats

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea oats was in 1879

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“Sea oats.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sea%20oats. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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