Meaning of marram grass in English:

marram grass

(also marram)


  • 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.’
    • ‘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 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.’


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


marram grass