Definition of marram grass in English:

marram grass

(also marram)

noun

  • A coarse grass of coastal sand dunes that binds the loose sand with its tough rhizomes, found in Europe, North America, and Australia.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have seen them feeding at the tidemark with snow buntings and pipits and they also find seeds in the marram hills.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These are not straggly, marram grass-threaded dunes as we know them.’
    • ‘The favoured stretch of shingle beach and marram was again fenced off.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Old Norse marálmr, from marr sea + hálmr haulm.

Pronunciation:

marram grass

/ˈmerəm ˌɡras/