samphire

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Etymology[edit]

Originally sampiere, from French Saint Pierre, the patron saint of fishermen who often harvested the plant.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /sæm.ˈfaɪ.ə(ɹ)/, /sæm.ˈfə(ɹ)/

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samphire (plural samphires)

  1. One of several salt-tolerant plants, some edible
    1. The marsh samphire, glasswort, genus Salicornia, a plant once burned to produce ash used to make soda glass.
    2. The rock samphire, Crithmum maritimum.
    3. The golden samphire, Inula crithmoides.
    4. Borrichia arborescens of the West Indies.
    5. Plants of genus Sarcocornia
    6. Plants of genus Tecticornia
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