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samphire

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noun sam·phire \ˈsam-ˌfī(-ə)r\

Definition of samphire

  1. 1 :  a fleshy European seacoast plant (Crithmum maritimum) of the carrot family that is sometimes pickled

  2. 2 :  a common glasswort (Salicornia europaea) that is sometimes pickled



Origin and Etymology of samphire

alteration of earlier sampiere, from Middle French (herbe de) Saint Pierre, literally, St. Peter's herb


First Known Use: 1545


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