halophyte

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n halophyte plant growing naturally in very salty soil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Halophyte (Bot) A plant found growing in salt marshes, or in the sea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n halophyte The saltwort, a plant, such as those of the genera Salicornia, Salsola, and Suæda, inhabiting salt marshes and sea-coasts. The ash after burning contains barilla and other salts.
    • n halophyte In phytogeography, a plant adapted to the absorption of common salt or other salts and confined to or preferring a salty substratum, as the sea or the sea-shore. Halophytes were treated by Warming as a class coördinate with hydrophytes, xerophytes, and mesophytes, though recognized as essentially xerophytic in physiological character. Schimper and other late writers have regarded them as included in xerophytes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Halophyte the salt-wort, found in salt-marshes, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. "a`ls "alo`s, salt + fyto`n a plant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hals, salt, gen─ôs, producing.