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Samphire Definition

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[n] fleshy maritime plant having fleshy stems with rudimentary scalelike leaves and small spikes of minute flowers; formerly used in making glass


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Misc. Definitions

\Sam"phire\ (? or ?; 277), n. [F. l'herbe de Saint Pierre. See {Saint}, and {Petrel}.] (Bot.) (a) A fleshy, suffrutescent, umbelliferous European plant ({Crithmum maritimum}). It grows among rocks and on cliffs along the seacoast, and is used for pickles. Hangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade! --Shak. (b) The species of glasswort ({Salicornia herbacea}); -- called in England {marsh samphire}. (c) A seashore shrub ({Borrichia arborescens}) of the West Indies. {Golden samphire}. See under {Golden}.

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