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 have seen them feeding at the tidemark with snow buntings and pipits and they also find seeds in the marram hills.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These are not straggly, marram grass-threaded dunes as we know them.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

marram grass

/ˈmerəm ˌɡras/