Definitions for salsifyˈsæl sə fi
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sal•si•fyˈsæl sə fi(n.)(pl.)-fies.
a purple-flowered composite plant, Tragopogon porrifolius, whose root has an oysterlike flavor.
Ref: Also called oyster plant, 1 vegetable oyster.
Origin of salsify:
1690–1700; < F salsifis, var. of sassefy, sassef(r)ique < It sassef(r)ica
salsify, oyster plant(noun)
edible root of the salsify plant
salsify, oyster plant, vegetable oyster, Tragopogon porrifolius(noun)
Mediterranean biennial herb with long-stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap and long edible root; naturalized throughout United States
either of two long roots eaten cooked
Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Tragopogon, that mostly have purple flowers
The edible root of these plants
see Oyster plant (a), under Oyster
Tragopogon, also known as salsify or goatsbeard, is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family Asteraceae that has over 140 species, including the vegetable known as salsify, as well as a number of common wild flowers, some of which are usually regarded as weeds. Salsifies are forbs growing as biennial or perennial plants. They have a strong taproot and milky sap. They generally have few branches, and those there are tend to be upright. Their leaves are somewhat grass-like. Flower colour varies within the genus, with some yellow species, and some bronze or purple. Seeds are borne in a globe like that of a dandelion but larger, and are dispersed by the wind. The salsifies are natives of Europe and Asia, but several species have been introduced into North America and Australia and have spread widely there. Some of the more common species of Tragopogon are known, in the regions where they are most common, by the common names goat's beard, goatsbeard, salsify, or common salsify, without further qualification. These names are therefore inherently ambiguous, and best avoided, or reserved for the genus collectively. In the species list below, the first common name given is the one that seems to be most widely used for that species and is not in significant use for any other species.
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