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salsify (n.)

biennial plant with an esculent root, native to the British Isles and extensively cultivated as a vegetable, 1710, from French salsifis, earlier sercifi, sassify (16c.), which is probably from Italian erba salsifica, from Old Italian salsifica, a word of uncertain origin, perhaps from Latin sal "salt" (from PIE root *sal- "salt") + fricare "to rub" (see friction). Among the native names is goatsbeard.

updated on December 04, 2021

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Definitions of salsify from WordNet

salsify (n.)
edible root of the salsify plant;
Synonyms: oyster plant
salsify (n.)
Mediterranean biennial herb with long-stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap and long edible root; naturalized throughout United States;
Synonyms: oyster plant / vegetable oyster / Tragopogon porrifolius
salsify (n.)
either of two long roots eaten cooked;
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