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saltwort

Noun

1 bushy plant of Old World salt marshes and sea beaches having prickly leaves; burned to produce a crude soda ash [syn: barilla, glasswort, kali, kelpwort, Salsola kali, Salsola soda]
2 low-growing strong-smelling coastal shrub of warm parts of the New World having unisexual flowers in conelike spikes and thick succulent leaves [syn: Batis maritima]

Extensive Definition

Saltwort is a common name used for three different genera, not all related, of flowering plants:
saltwort in Latin: Bataceae
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