salt·​wort | \ ˈsȯlt-ˌwərt How to pronounce saltwort (audio) , -ˌwȯrt \

Definition of saltwort

1 : any of a genus (Salsola) of plants (such as the Russian thistle) of the goosefoot family of which some have been used in making soda ash
2 : a low-growing strong-smelling succulent coastal shrub (Batis maritima of the family Bataceae) of warm parts of the New World

Examples of saltwort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute managed to grow more than 100 pounds of sea asparagus, sea purslane and saltwort in 10-weeks, with just salt water and fish waste as fertilizer. Daphne Ewing-chow, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 An Eastern pygmy blue butterfly, about as big as a fingernail, rests on its host plant, a saltwort, in an Everglades National Park prairie. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 29 Jan. 2018 Even those meeting saltwort for the first time will find that the rest of the meal looks familiar. Pete Wells, New York Times, 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of saltwort

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Saltwort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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