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sal·si·fy

 (săl′sə-fē, -fī′)
n. pl. sal·si·fies
1. A European plant (Tragopogon porrifolius) in the composite family, having grasslike leaves, purple flower heads, and an edible taproot.
2. The root of this plant, eaten as a vegetable. In both senses also called oyster plant, vegetable oyster.

[French salsifis, from obsolete Italian salsefica, variant (influenced by Italian salsa, sauce, or salso, salted, perhaps in reference to the oysterlike flavor of its cooked roots) of sassefrica, from Old Italian; akin to Medieval Latin saxifraga (media), salsify : perhaps Latin saxifraga, maidenhair fern (for unknown reasons, since salsify does not resemble maidenhair fern); see saxifrage + media, feminine of medium, middling, ordinary.]
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salsify

(ˈsælsɪfɪ)
n, pl -fies
1. (Cookery) Also called: oyster plant or vegetable oyster a Mediterranean plant, Tragopogon porrifolius, having grasslike leaves, purple flower heads, and a long white edible taproot: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. (Plants) the root of this plant, which tastes of oysters and is eaten as a vegetable
[C17: from French salsifis, from Italian sassefrica, from Late Latin saxifrica, from Latin saxum rock + fricāre to rub]
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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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Noun1.salsify - edible root of the salsify plantsalsify - 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.salsify - Mediterranean biennial herb with long-stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap and long edible rootsalsify - Mediterranean biennial herb with long-stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap and long edible root; naturalized throughout United States
vegetable oyster, oyster plant - long white salsify
genus Tragopogon, Tragopogon - genus of Old World herbs with linear entire leaves and yellow or purple flower heads
oyster plant, salsify - edible root of the salsify plant
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
3.salsify - either of two long roots eaten cooked
root vegetable - any of various fleshy edible underground roots or tubers
vegetable oyster, oyster plant - long white salsify
black salsify, scorzonera - long black salsify
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Translations

salsify

[ˈsælsɪfɪ] N (Bot) → salsifí m
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salsify

[ˈsælsɪfɪ] n (Bot) → salsefica
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References in classic literature ?
She is seated on sheaves of wheat and crowned with a gallant garland of wheat ears interlaced with salsify and other flowers.
Salsify had a length advantage over Chapoturgeon at Cheltenham last March and Rodger Sweeney reckons Richard Barber's grey is the one to beat again.
THE handicapper is likely to decide the long-term future of Salsify after the leading hunter chaser's victory at Stratford on Friday.
And head gardener Roy Simkins said items also grown on the site include salsify, scorzonera, sprouts, calabrese, purple sprouting broccoli, kale and leaf beet.
And, on a day when veteran SALSIFY will be expected to win the Tetratema, the Henry de Bromhead-trained Double Island sets a decent standard in the two-mile maiden hurdle, in which he should prove too strong for HAYMOUNT and AL AMEIN.
THE clash between Ireland's two leading Foxhunter fancies in Saturday's Raymond Smith Memorial Hunters Chase at Leopardstown will go ahead after Liam Lennon reported Tammys Hill to be in rude health for his latest showdown with Salsify, writes David Jennings.
The same afternoon Salsify provided Rodger Sweeney and his son Colman with a day to cherish as he captured the Foxhunters.
For the salsify chips: Combine ingredients and spread in paper-thin layer on silicone mat.
I have also sown a row of Salsify, although I have never grown or even tasted it.
Adam excelled by preparing an amuse bouche of mussel and saffron soup, a starter of fillet of sea bass on sweet and sour fennel, and a main course of pork fillet with a black pudding and apple farce, cider sauce, stuffed cabbage ball creamed salsify and roast garlic fondant potato.
SALSIFY, a dual-winner of the Foxhunters at Cheltenham, will not be among the Irish raiding party at Prestbury Park next month.
The two major Irish contenders for the CGA Foxhunter Chase are Tammy's Hill and last year's winner Salsify, who had their first clash of the season at Wexford in December.