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glass·wort

 (glăs′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
n.
Any of various plants of the genus Salicornia, growing in salt marshes and having fleshy stems and rudimentary, scalelike leaves. Also called samphire.

[From its former use in making glass.]

glasswort

(ˈɡlɑːsˌwɜːt)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: marsh samphire any plant of the chenopodiaceous genus Salicornia, of salt marshes, having fleshy stems and scalelike leaves: formerly used as a source of soda for glass-making
2. (Plants) another name for saltwort1

glass•wort

(ˈglæsˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt, ˈglɑs-)

n.
any of several plants of the goosefoot family, having succulent stems with rudimentary leaves, formerly used in glassmaking. Also called samphire.
[1590–1600]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.glasswort - bushy plant of Old World salt marshes and sea beaches having prickly leavesglasswort - bushy plant of Old World salt marshes and sea beaches having prickly leaves; burned to produce a crude soda ash
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
2.glasswort - fleshy maritime plant having fleshy stems with rudimentary scalelike leaves and small spikes of minute flowersglasswort - fleshy maritime plant having fleshy stems with rudimentary scalelike leaves and small spikes of minute flowers; formerly used in making glass
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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In higher and more saline areas, seablites (Suaeda) and glassworts (Salicornia and Arthrocnemum) grow.
in the areas of sand, and glassworts (Salicornia) and other halophytes on the saline soils.
This group includes many chenopods such as saltworts (Salsola) or glassworts (Salicornia).