halophyte

noun

hal·​o·​phyte ˈha-lə-ˌfīt How to pronounce halophyte (audio)
: a plant (such as saltbush or sea lavender) that grows in salty soil and usually has a physiological resemblance to a true xerophyte
halophytic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But sea beans are a type of halophyte, a salt-loving terrestrial plant that can’t grow in pure fresh water. Caroline Hatchett, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2021 Norton has recently turned to cordgrass, another halophyte, to develop a biodegradable fishing bobber. Caroline Hatchett, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use

circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of halophyte was circa 1886

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“Halophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halophyte. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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