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

Examples of ice plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Delosperma is probably the genus most recognized as the original ice plant. Janet B. Carson,, 24 June 2024 Recent upgrades have included a new center-hung scoreboard and ice plant, with work on the south concourse also going on this summer. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 18 June 2024 Earlier this year, a shipping container financed by the government of Iceland and designed to store fish, make ice and reduce the fishermen’s dependence on the local ice plant, was installed in Goderich. Elian Peltier, New York Times, 26 Dec. 2022 The vivid green grass on the foothills, the pops of fuchsia blossoms in thickets of coastal ice plant, the yellow flowers of black mustard: None of it is native to Southern California. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2023 The ice plant was built when the borough was booming, at the turn of the last century. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2023 Flowers to start: Asters, nicotiana, cleome, ice plant, zinnia, salpiglossis, schizanthus, nigella, phlox, nemesia, marigold, nasturtiums achimenes (tuber), brachyscome (15C), dianthus (5), stock (10L), lockspar (20C). Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Apr. 2023 More than half of the Reserve is covered with nonnative invasive plants like mustard and ice plant. Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2023 The discovery of the AME Church site on San Pedro Creek, as part of a patchwork of 1800s foundations of a soap factory, ice plant, brewery and other industrial uses, was one of the most significant archaeological finds in recent years in San Antonio. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ice plant was in 1753

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“Ice plant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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