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1. salsify

noun. edible root of the salsify plant.

Synonyms

  • Tragopogon porrifolius
  • root
  • oyster plant

Etymology

  • salsifis (French)
  • sassefrica (Italian)

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2. salsify

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

Synonyms

  • herbaceous plant
  • vegetable oyster
  • Tragopogon porrifolius
  • genus Tragopogon
  • Tragopogon
  • oyster plant

Etymology

  • salsifis (French)
  • sassefrica (Italian)

3. salsify

noun. either of two long roots eaten cooked.

Synonyms

  • scorzonera
  • black salsify
  • oyster plant
  • root vegetable

Antonyms

  • destabilize
  • destabilise

Etymology

  • salsifis (French)
  • sassefrica (Italian)

Example sentences of the word salsify


1. Noun, singular or mass
Instead of pulling the salsify plant out of the ground by its leaves, use a spading fork or a shovel to dig down alongside the root and lift it up from below.

2. Adjective
You can boil, bake or fry salsify root, and you can also grate it into your salad, which might also contain some of the leaves.

3. Noun, plural
Root crops like salsify aren't good candidates for pots because the roots are too long, but you can grow them in raised beds.

4. Verb, 3rd person singular present
Sow salsify only when the ground temperature is at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. Verb, base form
You can propagate salsify only by seed, which can be collected from the flowers that form in both the first and second year (assuming you don't harvest the root).

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