samphire

EnglishEdit

Samphire (Crithmum maritimum), Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales.

EtymologyEdit

Originally sampiere, from French Saint Pierre, the patron saint of fishermen who often harvested the plant.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsæm.faɪ.ə(ɹ)/, /ˈsæm.fə(ɹ)/

NounEdit

samphire (countable and uncountable, plural samphires)

  1. One of several salt-tolerant plants, some edible
    1. Marsh samphire, glasswort (genus Salicornia), a plant once burned to produce ash used to make soda glass.
    2. Rock samphire (Crithmum maritimum).
    3. Golden samphire (Inula crithmoides, now Limbarda crithmoides).
    4. Borrichia arborescens of the West Indies.
    5. Plants of genus Sarcocornia
    6. Plants of genus Tecticornia

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