samphire

noun sam·phire \ ˈsam-ˌfī(-ə)r \

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

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Origin and Etymology of samphire

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


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