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ˈglæsˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt, ˈglɑs-glass·wort

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. saltwort, barilla, glasswort, kali, kelpwort, Salsola kali, Salsola sodanoun

    bushy plant of Old World salt marshes and sea beaches having prickly leaves; burned to produce a crude soda ash

  2. glasswort, samphire, Salicornia europaeanoun

    fleshy maritime plant having fleshy stems with rudimentary scalelike leaves and small spikes of minute flowers; formerly used in making glass


  1. glasswortnoun

    The plant of the genus Salicornia, once burned to produce the ash used to make soda glass.

  2. glasswortnoun

    Any of the edible plants called samphire.

  3. Etymology: Glass + wort = plant (archaic)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Glasswortnoun

    It hath an apetalous flower, wanting the empalement; for the stamina, or chives, and the embryoes grow on the extreme part of the leaves: these embryoes afterward become pods or bladders, which for the most part contain one seed. The species are two. These plants grow on the sea-coasts in many parts of Europe, and upon the shores in several places of England which are washed every tide with the salt water. The inhabitants, near the sea-coast where these plants grow, cut them up toward the latter end of Summer, when they are fully grown; and, after having dried them in the sun, they burn them for their ashes, which are used in making of glass and soap. These herbs are by the country people called kelp, and are promiscuously gathered for use. From the ashes of these plants is extracted the salt called sal kali, or alkali, much used by the chymists. Philip Miller

    Etymology: salicornia, or saltwort.

    For the fine glass we use the purest of the finest sand, and the ashes of chali or glasswort; and for the coarser or green sort, the ashes of brake or other plants. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.


  1. Glasswort

    The glassworts are various succulent, annual halophytic plants, that is, plants that thrive in saline environments, such as seacoasts and salt marshes. The original English glasswort plants belong to the genus Salicornia, but today the glassworts include halophyte plants from several genera, some of which are native to continents unknown to the medieval English, and growing in ecosystems, such as mangrove swamps, never envisioned when the term glasswort was coined. The common name "glasswort" came into use in the 16th century to describe plants growing in England whose ashes could be used for making soda-based (as opposed to potash-based) glass.


  1. glasswort

    Glasswort is a type of plant usually found in salt marshes, beaches, and other coastal regions. Its name originated from the fact that it was historically used to produce soda ash for making glass. The plant is known for its tolerance of high levels of salt and ability to thrive in harsh environments. Some species of glasswort are also edible and are used in various culinary dishes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glasswortnoun

    a seashore plant of the Spinach family (Salicornia herbacea), with succulent jointed stems; also, a prickly plant of the same family (Salsola Kali), both formerly burned for the sake of the ashes, which yield soda for making glass and soap

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glasswort in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glasswort in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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