salsify[sal′sə fē′, -fī′]
salsify definition by Webster's New World
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a purple-flowered plant (Tragopogon porrifolius) of the composite family, with long, white, edible, fleshy roots having an oysterlike flavor; oyster plant
Origin: French salsifis ; from Italian sassefrica ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
salsify definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. sal·si·fies In both senses also called oyster plant, vegetable oyster.
- A European plant (Tragopogon porrifolius) having grasslike leaves, purple flower heads, and an edible taproot.
- The root of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.
Origin: French salsifis, from obsolete Italian (erba) salsifica.