Definition of salicornia
1 capitalized : a genus of fleshy maritime herbs (family Chenopodiaceae) having thick jointed leafless stems bearing minute flowers in the form of a spike that are succeeded by utricles containing a single seed — see glasswort
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Salicornia
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Origin and Etymology of salicornia
New Latin, from French salicorne glasswort (from Catalan salicorn, from sali- —from L—+ corn horn, from Latin cornu) + New Latin -ia
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