glasswort

[ glas-wurt, -wawrt, glahs- ]
/ ˈglæsˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt, ˈglɑs- /

noun

any of several plants of the genus Salicornia, of the amaranth family, having succulent stems with rudimentary leaves, formerly used, when burned to ashes, as a source of soda for glassmaking.

Nearby words

  1. glassware,
  2. glasswork,
  3. glassworker,
  4. glassworks,
  5. glassworm,
  6. glassy,
  7. glassy alloy,
  8. glassy degeneration,
  9. glassy membrane,
  10. glassy-eyed

Origin of glasswort

First recorded in 1590–1600; glass + wort2

Also called samphire.

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British Dictionary definitions for glasswort

glasswort

/ (ˈɡlɑːsˌwɜːt) /

noun

Also called: marsh samphire any plant of the chenopodiaceous genus Salicornia, of salt marshes, having fleshy stems and scalelike leaves: formerly used as a source of soda for glass-making
another name for saltwort (def. 1)
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