saltwort definition by Webster's New World
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any of a genus (Salsola) of plants of the goosefoot family, growing on seashores or saline soils, including the Russian thistle
Origin: uncertain or unknown; perhaps based on Dutch zoutkruid
saltwort definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of several plants of the genus Salsola, especially S. kali, native to the Old World, having stiff, awl-shaped prickly leaves and growing on sandy seashores.
- A strong-smelling succulent shrub (Batis maritima) native to warm coastal regions of the New World, having unisexual flowers and thick leaves that are flattened on the upper surface.