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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A European plant (Tragopogon porrifolius) having grasslike leaves, purple flower heads, and an edible taproot.
  • n. The root of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Tragopogon, most of which have purple flowers.
  • n. The edible root of these plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See Oyster plant (a), under oyster.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant, Tragopogon porrifolius.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. edible root of the salsify plant
  • n. Mediterranean biennial herb with long-stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap and long edible root; naturalized throughout United States
  • n. either of two long roots eaten cooked

Etymologies

French salsifis, from obsolete Italian (erba) salsifica.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French salsifis. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Salsify, or Oyster Plant. After scraping off the outside, parboil it, slice it, dip the slices into a beaten egg and fine bread crums sic, and fry in lard. It is very good boiled, and then stewed a few minutes in milk, with a little salt and butter. Or, make a batter of wheat flour, milk, and eggs; cut the salsify in thin slices, first boiling it tender; put them into the batter with a little salt; drop the mixture into hot fat by spoonfuls. Cook them till of a light brown."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 256

    May 4, 2010

  • “‘Anybody that can say.’ Wijzer helped himself to another salsify fritter.”
    —Gene Wolfe, On Blue’s Waters

    December 28, 2009

  • I was wondering who might falsify salsify.

    August 8, 2008

  • The only non-verb? All alone? All innocent and waify?

    August 7, 2008

  • And here I thought it meant "To add salsa to one's food."

    August 7, 2008

  • The only current English word ending in -ify that is not a verb.

    August 7, 2008

  • December 31, 2006