samphire
noun Etymology: alteration of earlier sampiere, from Middle French (herbe de) Saint Pierre, literally, Saint Peter's herb Date: 1545 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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  • Samphire — is a name given to a number of very different, edible plants, that happen to grow in coastal areas. *Rock samphire, Crithmum maritimum is a coastal species with white flowers that grows in the United Kingdom. This is probably the species… …   Wikipedia

  • Samphire — Sam phire (? or ?; 277), n. [F. l herbe de Saint Pierre. See {Saint}, and {Petrel}.] (Bot.) (a) A fleshy, suffrutescent, umbelliferous European plant ({Crithmum maritimum}). It grows among rocks and on cliffs along the seacoast, and is used for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • samphire — [sam′fīr΄] n. [earlier sampire, sainpere, altered < Fr ( herbe de) Saint Pierre, St. Peter s (herb)] 1. a fleshy, Old World seashore plant (Crithmum maritimum) of the umbel family, with cut leaves and small clusters of yellowish flowers 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • samphire — pajūrinis kritmas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Salierinių šeimos prieskoninis, vaistinis augalas (Crithmum maritimum), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, vakarų Azijoje ir pietų Europoje. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai (kvėpikliai). atitikmenys:… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • samphire — noun /sæm.ˈfaɪ.ə(ɹ),sæm.ˈfə(ɹ)/ a) One of several edible plants growing near the sea, including the rock samphire mentioned by Edgar in Shakespeares King Lear. b) Glasswort, the plant once burned to produce the ash used to make soda glass …   Wiktionary

  • samphire — [ samfʌɪə] noun a fleshy leaved plant which grows near the sea. [Crithmum maritimum (rock samphire) and other species.] Origin C16 (earlier as sampiere): from Fr. (herbe de) Saint Pierre St Peter( s herb) …   English new terms dictionary

  • samphire — /sam fuyeur/, n. 1. a European succulent plant, Crithmum maritimum, of the parsley family, having compound leaves and small, whitish flowers, growing in clefts of rock near the sea. 2. glasswort. [1535 45; earlier sampiere < MF (herbe de) Saint… …   Universalium

  • samphire — n. European plant that has small white flowers and the leaves of which are used in pickles; seacoast shrub that grows in the West Indies …   English contemporary dictionary

  • samphire — sam·phire …   English syllables

  • samphire — sam•phire [[t]ˈsæm faɪər[/t]] n. 1) pln a European succulent plant, Crithmum maritimum, of the parsley family, having small, whitish flowers and growing in clefts of rock near the sea 2) pln glasswort • Etymology: 1535–45; earlier sampiere <… …   From formal English to slang

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