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Definition:
Pertaining to the environment of dense grasses (typically salt-tolerant cordgrasses of the genus Spartina) growing on broad, flat coastal areas, characterized by muddy substrate and periodic tidal draining and flooding.

Reference:
Adapted from: Lerman, M. 1986. Marine Biology; Environment, Diversity, and Ecology. The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co. p. 519.