a purple-flowered plant (Tragopogon porrifolius) of the composite family, with long, white, edible, fleshy roots having an oysterlike flavor; oyster plant
Origin of salsifyFrench salsifis from Italian sassefrica from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A European plant (Tragopogon porrifolius) in the composite family, having grasslike leaves, purple flower heads, and an edible taproot.
- The root of this plant, eaten as a vegetable. Also called In both senses also called oyster plant . Also called vegetable oyster .
Origin of salsifyFrench salsifis from obsolete Italian salsefica variant ( influenced by Italian salsa sauce ) ( or salso salted, perhaps in reference to the oysterlike flavor of its cooked roots ) of sassefrica from Old Italian akin to Medieval Latin saxifraga (media) salsify perhaps Latin saxifraga maidenhair fern (for unknown reasons, since salsify does not resemble maidenhair fern) ; see saxifrage . media feminine of medium middling, ordinary
(usually uncountable, plural salsifies)
- (countable, uncountable) Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Tragopogon, most of which have purple flowers.
- (uncountable) The edible root of these plants.