ice plant


Definition of ice plant

: any of various usually succulent herbs (as of the genera Carpobrotus, Delosperma, and Mesembryanthemum) of the carpetweed family used especially as ground covers or for erosion control

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Recent Examples on the Web One minor obstacle: The ball sat in ice plant, perilously near the edge of a cliff. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Clint Eastwood to Tony Romo: Memorable moments in Pebble Beach Pro-Am celebrity lore," 8 Feb. 2021 Incidentally, delosperma shouldn’t be confused with another plant, also called ice plant, which actually is a different and invasive species with the botanical name, Carpobrotus. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Care for Ice Plant," 19 Jan. 2021 The two-story home at 2140 Great Highway, separated from Ocean Beach by a sand dune covered in ice plant, was one of those unexpected encounters that stood as a vivid treat in what can seem an ever-more-predictable Bay Area landscape. John King,, "Say goodbye to another quirky S.F. landmark — the Mondrian House at Ocean Beach," 27 Oct. 2020 The suit also points to the presence of non-native ice plant, a water-heavy vegetation said to accelerate erosion, and the thirsty but non-native palms trees at the top of the stairs to the beach. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Family sues state, city, others over Encinitas bluff collapse that killed three," 26 Aug. 2020 East Grand Forks, winner of the Class 1A biys' hockey title in 2014 and 2015, is in the planning stages of upgrades for its Civic Center and VFW Memorial Arena, which needs its ice plant to be replaced. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Border Battle: Minnesota, Wisconsin cities are Hockeyville USA finalists," 18 Aug. 2020 Flowers to start from seed: Dianthus, stock, lock spar, asters, Nicotiana, cleome, ice plant, zinnia and salpiglossis. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "With seeds harder to come by, here are some ideas for Alaska gardeners," 2 Apr. 2020 In just five years, the town had a railway station, a country club, a department store and an ice plant. 1843, "Confederacy in the ’hood," 2 Apr. 2020 Many of the first businesses, including a motel, ice plant, water works and cotton gin, were built by the King Ranch., "Set to close, Kingsville Record gets 11th-hour reprieve," 23 Dec. 2019

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1753, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2021

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“Ice plant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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