vegetable oyster
noun Date: circa 1818 salsify

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  • Vegetable oyster — Vegetable Veg e*ta*ble, a. [F. v[ e]g[ e]table growing, capable of growing, formerly also, as a noun, a vegetable, from L. vegetabilis enlivening, from vegetare to enliven, invigorate, quicken, vegetus enlivened, vigorous, active, vegere to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vegetable oyster — Oyster Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vegetable oyster — ☆ vegetable oyster n. SALSIFY …   English World dictionary

  • vegetable oyster — noun 1. Mediterranean biennial herb with long stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap and long edible root; naturalized throughout United States • Syn: ↑salsify, ↑oyster plant, ↑Tragopogon porrifolius • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous… …   Useful english dictionary

  • vegetable-oyster — valgomasis pūtelis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių šeimos daržovinis, dekoratyvinis augalas (Tragopogon porrifolius), paplitęs Šiaurės Afrikoje, pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Tragopogon porrifolius angl.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • vegetable oyster — salsify. [1810 20, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • vegetable oyster — noun the edible root of salsify, the taste of which is said to resemble that of oysters …   English new terms dictionary

  • vegetable oyster — veg′etable oys ter n. pln salsify • Etymology: 1810–20, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • vegetable oyster — /vɛdʒtəbəl ˈɔɪstə/ (say vejtuhbuhl oystuh) noun → salsify …   Australian English dictionary

  • Vegetable — Veg e*ta*ble, a. [F. v[ e]g[ e]table growing, capable of growing, formerly also, as a noun, a vegetable, from L. vegetabilis enlivening, from vegetare to enliven, invigorate, quicken, vegetus enlivened, vigorous, active, vegere to quicken, arouse …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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