One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A coarse European grass of coastal sand dunes, binding the loose sand with its tough rhizomes.
Ammophila arenaria, family Gramineae
- ‘I followed Sean away from the beach, down the sandy paths where the marram grass gave way to bracken and scrubby trees, deeper and deeper into the dunes.’
- ‘The favoured stretch of shingle beach and marram was again fenced off.’
- ‘A steep sand cliff rose 50m from the coast to form a complex system of dunes fixed by marram grass with areas where competitors faced soft energy-sapping sand.’
- ‘I have seen them feeding at the tidemark with snow buntings and pipits and they also find seeds in the marram hills.’
- ‘These are not straggly, marram grass-threaded dunes as we know them.’
Mid 17th century: from Old Norse marálmr, from marr ‘sea’ + hálmr ‘haulm’.
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