ice plant

noun

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

Examples of ice plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Built in east Tempe in 1892, the stately brick building opened as an ice plant then served as a creamery before emerging as the home of beloved ales, lagers and porters in 1996. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 27 Oct. 2021 According to The News on July 8, 1911, a superintendent of an ice plant in Fort Worth noted that when first out for delivery, the average block of ice weighed around 315 pounds, allowing for 15 pounds to be melted. Spencer Bevis, Dallas News, 5 Aug. 2021 Flowers to start from seed: Dianthus, larkspur, stock, asters, nicotiana, cleome, annual ice plant, zinnia, salpiglossis, snaps, cosmos, lupine, Malva. Alaska Botanical Garden: Summer camp. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Apr. 2021 One minor obstacle: The ball sat in ice plant, perilously near the edge of a cliff. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 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, 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, SFChronicle.com, 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, 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, 18 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of ice plant

1753, in the meaning defined above

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“Ice plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ice%20plant. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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