seagrass

noun
sea·​grass | \ ˈsē-ˌgras How to pronounce seagrass (audio) \

Definition of seagrass

: any of various submerged monocotyledonous plants (such as eelgrass, tape grass, and turtle grass) of tropical to temperate usually shallow coastal waters that have narrow grasslike leaves and often form dense underwater meadows

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The largest bed of seagrass in the world lies near Lizard Island, a granite island amidst the reef. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Barrier Reef's Seagrass Is an Amazing Carbon Sink," 18 Dec. 2018 In addition to eating small fish and crabs, the bonnethead, the smallest member of the hammerhead family, also eats seagrass, the experts found. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Woman in Texas catches 8-foot 'dream' tiger shark, wild photos show," 12 Sep. 2018 The lab featured a diet of 90 percent seagrass and 10 percent squid for the sharks. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There's an Omnivore Shark That Loves Eating Plants," 7 Sep. 2018 It was well known to science that bonnetheads ingest seagrass. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There's an Omnivore Shark That Loves Eating Plants," 7 Sep. 2018 In addition to cutting pollution from dirty lake water discharged to coasts to the north, the reservoir is intended to deliver clean water south to Florida Bay, where a 2015 and 2016 seagrass die-off spread across more than 60 square miles. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "$1.4 billion Everglades reservoir clears key hurdle. Is it enough to save the Glades? | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 Brooks found new chairs and helped Melanie select the dining room’s blue-green seagrass wall covering. Sally A. Downey, Philly.com, "Old combines with new in 1910 Craftsman house in Wynnewood," 3 July 2018 These slugs can then save seagrass beds from harmful algae that feeds on runoff from inland farms and cities. National Geographic, "As Predators Rebound, You're More Likely to See Alligators at the Beach," 8 May 2018 Sea otters in California are moving from open water into marshes and seagrass beds. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Alligators, sharks, coyotes reclaiming their old haunts. Get used to it, study says. | Charlotte Observer," 8 May 2018

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1578, in the meaning defined above

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