• WordNet 3.6
    • n Phragmites reeds of marshes and riversides in tropical or temperate regions
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phragmites A genus of grasses of the tribe Festuceæ and subtribe Arundineæ, distinguished from its relative Arundo by spikelets with the lowest flower staminate or sterile. There are 3 species, widely scattered throughout all temperate and subtropical regions. They are the tallest native grasses of the northern United States and of Great Britain, where they are useful in binding together the earth of liver-banks by their creeping rootstocks. They are perennials with flat leaves and ample panicles, either dense and erect or loose and nodding, furnished with conspicuous tufts of long silky hairs enveloping the spikelets. P. communis is the marsh-reed of England and the Atlantic United States, with the aspect of broom-corn, and bearing ornamental plume-like panicles sought for decoration. Also known in England as ditch-reed and bennets, and in the western part of the United States as cane.
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In literature:

Phragmite, TEMMINCK; Der Schilsaenger, MEYER.
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein

In news:

Sag Harbor Resident Faces Possible DEC Fines for Alleged Clear Cutting of Phragmites .
A plan to use a chemical herbicide to kill phragmites in Napeague's Walking Dunes has been postponed until spring amid controversy.
Elizabeth Wagner and Linda Lapinski stand in a patch of phragmites that threatens the native plants across from Deer Lake beach.
Phragmites , a perennial, wetland grass that can grow up to 15 feet in height, is becoming a widespread problem along the Great Lakes coastal shoreline.
Atlas Twp.-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night, the board of trustees OK'd Goodrich-based Aquatic Services to eradicate a growth of phragmites located just to the north of the township offices on Gale Road.
Assateague To Start Phragmites Battle.
Sag Harbor Resident Faces Possible DEC Fines for Alleged Clear Cutting of Phragmites.
Phragmites infestations will be sprayed with a powerful herbicide appropriately called Habitat, which has been approved especially for use in aquatic areas.