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[sawlt-boo sh]
  1. any of various plants or shrubs of the genus Atriplex, having mostly alternate leaves and clusters of inconspicuous flowers, often growing in saline or alkaline soil.
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Origin of saltbush

1860–65; salt1 + bush1, so called because they thrive in saline or alkaline soils
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Historical Examples of saltbush

  • What was that thing moving over yonder in that bunch of saltbush?

    Dust of the Desert

    Robert Welles Ritchie

  • For the first seven miles over rough trap hills lightly grassed, when we entered samphire and saltbush flats for four miles.

  • Among exotics the Australian saltbush spreads successfully over the worst alkali land.

  • The valley floor and valley terraces are dotted with saltbush, rabbitbrush, greasewood, and sagebrush.

  • The saltbush clumps and spinifex patches conceal hideous reptiles.

    In Search of El Dorado

    Alexander MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for saltbush


  1. any of various chenopodiaceous shrubs of the genus Atriplex that grow in alkaline desert regions
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