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A widely distributed salt-marsh plant with fleshy scalelike leaves. The ashes of the burned plant were formerly used in glassmaking.Also called samphire
- ‘It would have been a great convenience if everyone had agreed long ago to call marsh samphire by its alternative name glasswort (given because it used to be burned to provide alkali for glass-makers).’
- ‘Finally, I drove eastwards towards Sheppey, past Funton Creek, where reptilian glasswort plants replenish seed-stocks for hungry wildfowl, to Bedlam's Bottom to enjoy a glowing sunset.’
- ‘Salicornes (glasswort in English) are these wild little plants that grow in salt marshes.’
- ‘So I repaired to slightly higher ground away from the bank, found a nice black mangrove to provide some shade and plopped down on a bed of glasswort.’
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