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samphire

[sam-fahyuh r] /ˈsæm faɪər/
noun
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.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; earlier sampiere < Middle French (herbe de) Saint Pierre (herb of) Saint Peter
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  • The playas are surrounded by extensive salt flats with saltbush and samphire vegetation.
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samphire

/ˈsæmˌfaɪə/
noun
1.
Also called rock samphire. an umbelliferous plant, Crithmum maritimum, of Eurasian coasts, having fleshy divided leaves and clusters of small greenish-white flowers
2.
golden samphire, a Eurasian coastal plant, Inula crithmoides, with fleshy leaves and yellow flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
3.
another name for glasswort (sense 1)
4.
any of several other plants of coastal areas
Word Origin
C16 sampiere, from French herbe de Saint Pierre Saint Peter's herb; perhaps influenced by camphirecamphor
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