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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mar·ram n. Bot. A coarse grass found on sandy beaches (Ammophila arundinacea). See Beach grass, under Beach.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mat·weed n. Bot. A name of several maritime grasses, as the sea sand-reed (Ammophila arundinacea) which is used in Holland to bind the sand of the seacoast dikes (see Beach grass, under Beach); also, the Lygeum Spartum, a Mediterranean grass of similar habit.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Reed, n.
 1. Bot. A name given to many tall and coarse grasses or grasslike plants, and their slender, often jointed, stems, such as the various kinds of bamboo, and especially the common reed of Europe and North America (Phragmites communis).
 2. A musical instrument made of the hollow joint of some plant; a rustic or pastoral pipe.
 Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reed
 Of Hermes.   --Milton.
 3. An arrow, as made of a reed.
 4. Straw prepared for thatching a roof. [Prov. Eng.]
 5. Mus. (a) A small piece of cane or wood attached to the mouthpiece of certain instruments, and set in vibration by the breath. In the clarinet it is a single fiat reed; in the oboe and bassoon it is double, forming a compressed tube. (b) One of the thin pieces of metal, the vibration of which produce the tones of a melodeon, accordeon, harmonium, or seraphine; also attached to certain sets or registers of pipes in an organ.
 6. Weaving A frame having parallel flat stripe of metal or reed, between which the warp threads pass, set in the swinging lathe or batten of a loom for beating up the weft; a sley. See Batten.
 7. Mining A tube containing the train of powder for igniting the charge in blasting.
 8. Arch. Same as Reeding.
 Egyptian reed Bot., the papyrus.
 Free reed Mus., a reed whose edges do not overlap the wind passage, -- used in the harmonium, concertina, etc. It is distinguished from the beating or striking reed of the organ and clarinet.
 Meadow reed grass Bot., the Glyceria aquatica, a tall grass found in wet places.
 Reed babbler. See Reedbird.
 Reed bunting Zool. A European sparrow (Emberiza schœniclus) which frequents marshy places; -- called also reed sparrow, ring bunting. (b) Reedling.
 Reed canary grass Bot., a tall wild grass (Phalaris arundinacea).
 Reed grass. Bot. (a) The common reed. See Reed, 1. (b) A plant of the genus Sparganium; bur reed. See under Bur.
 Reed organ Mus., an organ in which the wind acts on a set of free reeds, as the harmonium, melodeon, concertina, etc.
 Reed pipe Mus., a pipe of an organ furnished with a reed.
 Reed sparrow. Zool. See Reed bunting, above.
 Reed stop Mus., a set of pipes in an organ furnished with reeds.
 Reed warbler. Zool. (a) A small European warbler (Acrocephalus streperus); -- called also reed wren. (b) Any one of several species of Indian and Australian warblers of the genera Acrocephalus, Calamoherpe, and Arundinax. They are excellent singers.
 Sea-sand reed Bot., a kind of coarse grass (Ammophila arundinacea). See Beach grass, under Beach.
 Wood reed grass Bot., a tall, elegant grass (Cinna arundinacea), common in moist woods.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Beach n.; pl. Beaches
 1. Pebbles, collectively; shingle.
 2. The shore of the sea, or of a lake, which is washed by the waves; especially, a sandy or pebbly shore; the strand.
 Beach flea Zool., the common name of many species of amphipod Crustacea, of the family Orchestidæ, living on the sea beaches, and leaping like fleas.
 Beach grass Bot., a coarse grass (Ammophila arundinacea), growing on the sandy shores of lakes and seas, which, by its interlaced running rootstocks, binds the sand together, and resists the encroachment of the waves.
 Beach wagon, a light open wagon with two or more seats.
 Raised beach, an accumulation of water-worn stones, gravel, sand, and other shore deposits, above the present level of wave action, whether actually raised by elevation of the coast, as in Norway, or left by the receding waters, as in many lake and river regions.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 beach grass
      n : tough grasses with strong roots that can grow on exposed
          sandy shores