glasswort

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n glasswort fleshy maritime plant having fleshy stems with rudimentary scalelike leaves and small spikes of minute flowers; formerly used in making glass
    • n glasswort bushy plant of Old World salt marshes and sea beaches having prickly leaves; burned to produce a crude soda ash
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Glasswort (Bot) A seashore plant of the Spinach family (Salicornia herbacea), with succulent jointed stems; also, a prickly plant of the same family (Salsola Kali), both formerly burned for the sake of the ashes, which yield soda for making glass and soap.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n glasswort A plant of the chenopodiaceous genus Salicornia, succulent saline plants with leafless jointed stems and containing a large proportion of soda. Great quantities of the ashes of these and allied plants were formerly used, under the name of barilla, in the manufacture of glass and soap. Also called marsh-samphire.
    • n glasswort About 6 species of glasswort (Salicornia) are now said to be found in North America, inhabiting mainly the salt-marshes of the coast, but sometimes (the same or different species) growing on saline ground inland. S. herbacea, the slender or jointed glasswort or marsh-samphire (also called pickle-plant), together with S. Bigelovii, turns a vivid red in autumn, becoming very showy on the Atlantic coast, while S. ambigua, the woody glasswort (also called pickle-weed), presents a diversity of brilliant color jn the Pacific salt-marshes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Glasswort a plant so called from its yielding soda, used in making glass
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gl├Žs; Dut., Ger., and Sw. glas; cog. with glow, gleam, glance, glare.

Usage

In literature:

R. salicornoides (Glasswort-like); Bot.
"Cactus Culture For Amateurs" by W. Watson
The fleshy leaves at a little distance suggest the form of many plants of brackish marsh and creek edges, and even the glasswort itself.
"The Garden, You, and I" by Mabel Osgood Wright
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