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Any of several perennial coastal grasses of the genus Spartina, some of which form colonies in salt marshes.


(Plants) a coarse perennial grass of the genus Spartina, characteristically growing in mud or marsh. Also called: rice grass


(ˈkɔrdˌgræs, -ˈgrɑs)

any of several grasses of the genus Spartina, of coastal wetlands.
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Noun1.cordgrass - any of several perennial grasses of the genus Spartina; some important as coastal soil binders
grass - narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
genus Spartina, Spartina - grass of freshwater swamps and salt marshes of Europe, Africa, America, and South Atlantic islands
salt reed grass, Spartina cynosuroides - tall reedlike grass common in salt meadows
freshwater cordgrass, prairie cordgrass, slough grass, Spartina pectinmata - North American cordgrass having leaves with dry membranous margins and glumes with long awns
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Salt marshes are typically delineated by tidal range and the dominance of saline-tolerant plants such as the different types of cordgrasses.
Giant cane Arundinaria gigantea Knotgrass Paspalum distichum Cordgrasses Spartina spp.