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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 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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