One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A wiry, densely tufted grass, Nardus stricta, often dominating acid heaths and moorland in Europe and temperate Asia (also "moor mat-grass").
2(More fully "sea mat-grass") marram grass, Ammophila arenaria.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Lightfoot (1735–1788), Church of England clergyman and naturalist.
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