pick·​le·​weed | \ˈpi-kəl-ˌwēd \

Definition of pickleweed 

: any of several succulent plants having leaves often reduced to scales or sheaths: such as

a : glasswort

b : a shrub (Allenrolfea occidentalis) of the goosefoot family growing in moist saline soils of the southwestern U.S.

c : saltwort sense 2

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Water slowly snakes inland to flood the ground peppered with plugs of native pickleweed seeds, and ducks dive for emerging aquatic bugs. National Geographic, "How the Bay Area Is Restoring Nature's Delicate Balance," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of pickleweed

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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