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salsify

[sal-suh-fee] /ˈsæl sə fi/
noun, plural salsifies.
1.
a purple-flowered, composite plant, Tragopogon porrifolius, whose root has an oyster-like flavor and is used as a culinary vegetable.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < French salsifis, variant of sassefy, sassef(r)ique < Italian sassef(r)ica) < ?
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salsify

/ˈsælsɪfɪ/
noun (pl) -fies
1.
Also called oyster plant, vegetable oyster. a Mediterranean plant, Tragopogon porrifolius, having grasslike leaves, purple flower heads, and a long white edible taproot: family Asteraceae (composites)
2.
the root of this plant, which tastes of oysters and is eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin
C17: from French salsifis, from Italian sassefrica, from Late Latin saxifrica, from Latin saxum rock + fricāre to rub
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salsify

n.

biennial plant, 1710, from French salsifis, earlier sercifi, sassify (16c.), probably from Italian erba salsifica, from Old Italian salsifica, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Latin sal "salt" + fricare "to rub."

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