saltbush

noun

salt·​bush ˈsȯlt-ˌbu̇sh How to pronounce saltbush (audio)
: any of various shrubby plants of the goosefoot family that thrive in dry alkaline soil
especially : any of numerous oraches that are important browse plants in dry regions

Examples of saltbush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The research plots not subjected to warming feature the richly textured mounds of soil supporting clumps of native ricegrass and saltbush. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Dec. 2022 In the east, the sky glowed orange and crimson, and the light illuminated a sea of saltbushes, sweet grass and wind-rippled dunes. New York Times, 17 Jan. 2018 Different varieties of sunflower, saltbush, sagebrush and poppies will eventually spread across the site. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, 17 July 2017 Kangaroos, wombats and giant herbivores called diprotodontids browsed on a variety of shrubby plants, including saltbush. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, 26 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saltbush was in 1863

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“Saltbush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saltbush. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

saltbush

noun
salt·​bush ˈsȯlt-ˌbu̇sh How to pronounce saltbush (audio)
: any of various shrubby plants of dry regions that are related to the goosefoots

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