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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.]
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-)
any of several plants of the goosefoot family, having succulent stems with rudimentary leaves, formerly used in glassmaking. Also called samphire.
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|Noun||1.||glasswort - bushy plant of Old World salt marshes and sea beaches having prickly leaves; burned to produce a crude soda ash|
|2.||glasswort - fleshy maritime plant having fleshy stems with rudimentary scalelike leaves and small spikes of minute flowers; formerly used in making glass|