Definition of salsify in English:


Syllabification: sal·si·fy
Pronunciation: /ˈsalsəfē, -ˌfī


  • 1An edible European plant of the daisy family, with a long root like that of a parsnip. Also called oyster plant.
    • Tragopogon porrifolius, family Compositae. See also scorzonera
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    • Seeds that barely last to the second year include sweet corn, leek, onion, parsley, parsnip, rhubarb and salsify.
    • Scolymus, Scolymus hispanicus, is also known as Spanish salsify or Spanish oyster plant, names which it shares with scorzonera Another name, golden thistle, indicates correctly that it is a kind of thistle.
  • 1.1The root of the salsify plant used as a vegetable.
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    • With a vegetable peeler, peel salsify into long thin curls.
    • For my main course I chose the breast of chicken on a bed of roasted salsify, with vegetable ribbons and a green herb and mustard sauce.
    • Autumnal vegetables and fruits are sweet and some (celery root, Jerusalem artichoke, salsify, and parsnip) also have earthy, nutty flavors.


late 17th century: from French salsifis, from obsolete Italian salsefica, of unknown ultimate origin.

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