saltwort

noun
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 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, "Don’t be distracted by the beauty. Florida’s national parks are falling apart," 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, "Some Food, a Plate, a Room. That’s Enough at King, in SoHo.," 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saltwort. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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