Other Word Forms
Origin of salsify
- French 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) saxifrage media feminine of medium middling, ordinary
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- French salsifis.