glass-wort

glasswort

[glas-wurt, -wawrt, glahs-]
noun
any of several plants of the genus Salicornia, of the amaranth family, having succulent stems with rudimentary leaves, formerly used, when burned to ashes, as a source of soda for glassmaking.
Also called samphire.


Origin:
1590–1600; glass + wort2

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glasswort (ˈɡlɑːsˌwɜːt)
 
n
1.  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.  another name for saltwort

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