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ˈsæl sə fisal·si·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. salsify, oyster plantnoun

    edible root of the salsify plant

  2. salsify, oyster plant, vegetable oyster, Tragopogon porrifoliusnoun

    Mediterranean biennial herb with long-stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap and long edible root; naturalized throughout United States

  3. salsifynoun

    either of two long roots eaten cooked


  1. salsifynoun

    Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Tragopogon, that mostly have purple flowers

  2. salsifynoun

    The edible root of these plants

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Salsifynoun

    A plant.

    Etymology: Latin.

    Salsify, or the common sort of goatsbeard, is of a very long oval figure, as if it were cods all over streaked, and engraven in the spaces between the streaks, which are sharp pointed towards the end. John Mortimer, Husbandry.


  1. salsify

    Salsify is a plant of the daisy family, typically with purple or yellow flowers. It is native to southern Europe and the Middle East. The large white taproot of this plant is edible and is used as a root vegetable, while its flowers are used as garnishes or additives in salads.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Salsifynoun

    see Oyster plant (a), under Oyster

  2. Etymology: [F. salsifis.]


  1. Salsify

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Salsify

    sal′si-fi, n. a biennial plant growing in meadows throughout Europe, whose long and tapering root has a flavour resembling asparagus—also Sal′safy—often called Oyster-plant.—Black salsify, the related scorzonera. [Fr.,—It. sassefrica, goat's-beard—L. saxum, a rock, fricāre, to rub.]


  1. Salsify

    Salsify provides cloud-based product content management solutions that make it easy for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to exchange high-quality content that drives online results. The company was founded in late 2012 by a team with deep experience in commerce, online search, and the semantic web.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of salsify in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of salsify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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