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[sawlt-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈsɔltˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
any of various plants of sea beaches, salt marshes, and alkaline regions, especially belonging to the genus Salsola, of the amaranth family, as S. kali, a bushy plant having prickly leaves, or belonging to the genus Salicornia.
Origin of saltwort
1560-70; translation of Dutch zoutkruid, equivalent to zout salt + kruid herb. See salt1, wort1 Unabridged
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  • Now, with the seepage of salty water from the ponds, his land produces nothing but saltwort and weeds.
  • Saline plants found on this site include the state endangered saltwort plant.
  • Saline plants found on this site include the state endangered saltwort.
British Dictionary definitions for saltwort


Also called glasswort, kali. any of several chenopodiaceous plants of the genus Salsola, esp S. kali, of beaches and salt marshes, which has prickly leaves, striped stems, and small green flowers See also barilla
another name for sea milkwort
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