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 Next, at the beach, take a seaweed walk alongside seals and sea birds and learn how to traditionally harvest seaweed, rock samphire and pepper dulse. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Feb. 2022 Sea urchin bruschetta with taramasalata and samphire with black rock salt are served quayside by a polished crew. Rachel Howard, Travel + Leisure, 27 Dec. 2021 Yet until recently, sea beans, which belong to the genus Salicornia and are also known as samphire, glasswort, pickleweed, and sea asparagus, had never figured prominently in Charleston’s storied culinary traditions. Caroline Hatchett, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2021 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, 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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