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glasswort

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlɑːswəːt
 
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Definition of glasswort in English:

noun

A widely distributed salt-marsh plant with fleshy scale-like leaves. The ashes of the burnt plant were formerly used in glass-making.
  • Genus Salicornia, family Chenopodiaceae: several species
Example sentences
  • It would have been a great convenience if everyone had agreed long ago to call marsh samphire by its alternative name glasswort (given because it used to be burned to provide alkali for glass-makers).
  • Finally, I drove eastwards towards Sheppey, past Funton Creek, where reptilian glasswort plants replenish seed-stocks for hungry wildfowl, to Bedlam's Bottom to enjoy a glowing sunset.
  • Salicornes (glasswort in English) are these wild little plants that grow in salt marshes.

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