salsify

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Etymology[edit]

French salsifis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Habitus of black salsify plant. Scorzonera hispanica

Noun[edit]

salsify ‎(usually uncountable, plural salsifies)

  1. (countable, uncountable) Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Tragopogon, most of which have purple flowers.
    1. Tragopogon porrifolius, a plant with linear leaves; cultivated for its light-skinned edible root and herbal properties. Known in particular as "white salsify" among other common names
  2. (countable, uncountable) Scorzonera hispanica, a plant similar in flavor to T. porrifolius, with lanceolate leaves; cultivated for its dark-skinned edible root. Known in particular as "black salsify" among other common names
  3. (uncountable) The edible root of these plants.

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