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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant, Tragopogon porrifolius.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) See Oyster plant (a), under oyster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[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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French salsifis.

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