- a fleshy, Old World seashore plant (Crithmum maritimum) of the umbel family, with cut leaves and small clusters of yellowish flowers
Origin of samphireearlier sampire, sainpere, altered ; from French (herbe de) Saint Pierre, St. Peter's (herb)
- See glasswort.
- An edible coastal plant (Crithmum maritimum) in the parsley family, native to Eurasia, having fleshy compound leaves and small white flowers grouped in compound umbels, and sometimes pickled.
Origin of samphireAlteration of Early Modern English sampiere, the plant C. maritimum, from French (herbe de) Saint Pierre, (herb of) Saint Peter, after Saint Pierre, Saint Peter, a patron saint of fisherman (the plant being so called because it grows on rocks near the sea, the name perhaps also being influenced by French pierre, rock).
- One of several salt-tolerant plants, some edible
Originally sampiere, from French Saint Pierre, the patron saint of fishermen who often harvested the plant.