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ice plant

noun
  1. a plant, Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, native to the Mediterranean region, having fleshy leaves that are covered with glistening vesicles and are sometimes eaten as greens.
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Origin of ice plant

First recorded in 1745–55
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Historical Examples of ice plant

  • Its common names are all appropriate,—ice-plant, ghost-flower, corpse-plant.

    The Log of the Sun

    William Beebe

  • Not an ice-plant in the country could compete with us, in the refrigerating line.

    The Air Trust

    George Allan England

  • In their laps were a few fern and ice-plant leaves, which by dint of much searching they had gathered under the rocks.

    The Story of an African Farm

    (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner

  • One little leaf of the ice-plant stood upright, and the sun shone through it.

    The Story of an African Farm

    (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner

  • The ice-plant would no longer be the only green thing growing in the crannies of the rock.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves


British Dictionary definitions for ice plant

ice plant

noun
  1. 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
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