samphire

noun
sam·​phire | \ ˈsam-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce samphire (audio) \

Definition of samphire

1 : a fleshy European seacoast plant (Crithmum maritimum) of the carrot family that is sometimes pickled
2 : a common glasswort (Salicornia europaea) that is sometimes pickled

Examples of samphire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Salah sits down and proceeds to order the salmon fillet, which comes with rainbow carrots, samphire, smoked leek and potato puree. James Masters And Becky Anderson, CNN, "Mo Salah: A day in the life of the 'Egyptian King'," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of samphire

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for samphire

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

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“Samphire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/samphire. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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