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sal•si•fy(ˈsæl sə fi)
n., pl. -fies.
a purple-flowered composite plant, Tragopogon porrifolius, whose root has an oysterlike flavor. Also called oyster plant, vegetable oyster.
[1690–1700; < French salsifis, variant of sassefy, sassef(r)ique < Italian sassef(r)ica]
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|Noun||1.||oyster plant - edible root of the salsify plant |
Tragopogon porrifolius, vegetable oyster, oyster plant, salsify - Mediterranean biennial herb with long-stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap and long edible root; naturalized throughout United States
root - (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground
|2.||oyster plant - Mediterranean biennial herb with long-stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap and long edible root; naturalized throughout United States|
genus Tragopogon, Tragopogon - genus of Old World herbs with linear entire leaves and yellow or purple flower heads
|3.||oyster plant - long white salsify |
salsify - either of two long roots eaten cooked
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