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ice plant

a plant, Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, native to the Mediterranean region, having fleshy leaves that are covered with glistening vesicles and are sometimes eaten as greens.
Origin of ice plant
First recorded in 1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Horticultural Note: This is a good month to get a slip from an ice plant.

  • Nearby are the laundry, ice plant, steam plant, and other common utilities.

    Zeppelin Harry Vissering
  • "Yet, it is the ice plant of the big hotel," says La Signora sweetly.

    Greenwich Village Anna Alice Chapin
  • And Rangoon has trolley cars and water-works, and electric lights, and an ice plant.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • Sagua has an ice plant whose product has sold at $3 per hundredweight.

    Industrial Cuba Robert P. Porter
  • The local industries include two old-fashioned cotton mills, an ice plant, corn-grinding mill, and five cigarette factories.

  • An ice plant has also been established in Ponce, where they manufacture ice in small cakes about the size of a brick.

    Porto Rico Arthur D. Hall
  • A gorgeous bordering of a species of ice plant with splendid magenta blooms was especially effective.

    A Flight in Spring J. Harris Knowles
British Dictionary definitions for ice plant

ice plant

a low-growing plant, Mesembryanthemum (or Cryophytum) crystallinum, of southern Africa, with fleshy leaves covered with icelike hairs and pink or white rayed flowers: family Aizoaceae
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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