- Salicornia europaea
Other Word Forms of Samphire
Origin of Samphire
Alteration 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)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Originally sampiere, from French Saint Pierre, the patron saint of fishermen who often harvested the plant.
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