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glasswort

[glas-wurt, -wawrt, glahs-] /ˈglæsˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt, ˈglɑs-/
noun
1.
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 of glasswort
1590-1600
1590-1600; glass + wort2
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British Dictionary definitions for glasswort

glasswort

/ˈɡlɑːsˌwɜːt/
noun
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 (sense 1)
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