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1. See glasswort.
2. 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.

[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).]


(ˈsæmˌfaɪə) or


1. (Plants) Also called: rock samphire an umbelliferous plant, Crithmum maritimum, of Eurasian coasts, having fleshy divided leaves and clusters of small greenish-white flowers
2. (Plants) golden samphire a Eurasian coastal plant, Inula crithmoides, with fleshy leaves and yellow flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
3. (Plants) another name for glasswort1
4. (Plants) any of several other plants of coastal areas
[C16 sampiere, from French herbe de Saint Pierre Saint Peter's herb; perhaps influenced by camphire camphor]


(ˈsæm faɪər)

1. a European succulent plant, Crithmum maritimum, of the parsley family, having small, whitish flowers and growing in clefts of rock near the sea.
[1535–45; earlier sampiere < Middle French (herbe de) Saint Pierre (herb of) Saint Peter]
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Noun1.samphire - fleshy maritime plant having fleshy stems with rudimentary scalelike leaves and small spikes of minute flowerssamphire - fleshy maritime plant having fleshy stems with rudimentary scalelike leaves and small spikes of minute flowers; formerly used in making glass
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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The sailors at the fore and mizzen had come down; the line tubs were fixed in their places; the cranes were thrust out; the mainyard was backed, and the three boats swung over the sea like three samphire baskets over high cliffs.
A little billow, spreading wide, gave a slight roll to the boat, and some samphire reeds flapped before it.
In the midst of receipts for "Rabbits, and Chickens mumbled, Pickled Samphire, Skirret Pye, Baked Tansy," and other forgotten delicacies, there were directions for the preparation of several lotions for the preservation of beauty.
Lastly, there appears to be a turf war with respect to the lucrative samphire trade (samphire being "a slightly salty sea asparagus").
The channel challenge saw her swim from Samphire Hoe, between Folkestone and Dover, to Cap Gris Nez, between Boulogne and Calais.
It's got jasmine absolute - the core ingredient of the range - to pack antioxidants into your skin, plus samphire extract (yep, that green stuff at the beach) to brighten.
Phil set off just after midnight from Samphire Hoe near Dover and swam for the first few hours in pitch darkness with only the boat to guide him.
Hamedani; n = 29) were cultivated, and where the native herb samphire (n = 27) was growing (see Barin et al.
My pan fried sea bream with cockle, sweetcorn and samphire chowder was tasty.
J Macdougall, Stirling Much of the chalk marl rubble bored on the English side was deposited at Lower Shakespeare Cliff in Kent, now home to the Samphire Hoe Country Park.
They were: Terry Bunn, 31, of Stone Row, Grange Villa; Michelle Maclean, 33, of York Road, Peterlee; Paul McNulty, 34, of Broadsheath Terrace, Sunderland; Hannah Morgan, 23, of Fern Avenue, South Moor, Stanley; Chantelle Smith, 33, of Samphire Street, Middlesbrough; Kirsty Thicke, 28, of Yoden Road, Peterlee; Simon Thicke, 41, of Yoden Road, Peterlee; Yolande Williams, 38, of Basingstoke Road, Peterlee; and Kevin Brown, 54, of Spen Street, Stanley.
2 SAMPHIRE Once the reserve of fancy restaurant garnishes, samphire, which grows abundantly around UK shorelines, can now be foraged quite easily from a number of supermarkets.