sal·​si·​fy | \ ˈsal-sə-fē How to pronounce salsify (audio) , -ˌfī \
plural salsifies

Definition of salsify

: a European biennial composite herb (Tragopogon porrifolius) with a long fusiform edible root

called also oyster plant, vegetable oyster

Examples of salsify in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its dome of Italian meringue, concealing salsify ice cream atop a disk of spice cake, gets doused in rum and set on fire, a blaze of blue. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "With Veronika, Stephen Starr Brings Old World Dining to Fotografiska," 6 Mar. 2020 Also blinis with caviar, made to order on a spirit stove, salad of salsify and chopped egg, custard tart, Billecart-Salmon rosé. John Lanchester, The New Yorker, "Signal," 26 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of salsify

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salsify

French salsifis, from Italian salsefica, sassefrica

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“Salsify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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