Etymology
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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" (from PIE root *sal- "salt") + fricare "to rub" (see friction).

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Definitions of salsify

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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