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salsify

Line breaks: sal|sify
Pronunciation: /ˈsalsɪfi
 
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Definition of salsify in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1An edible European plant of the daisy family, with a long root like that of a parsnip.
  • Tragopogon porrifolius, family Compositae.
Example sentences
  • 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 used as a vegetable. Also called vegetable oyster.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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