Definition for SAM'PHIRE

SAM'PHIRE, n. [said to be a corruption of Saint Pierre.]

A plant of the genus Crithmum. The golden samphire is of the genus Inula. – Fam. of Plants. Samphire grows on rocks near the sea shore, where it is washed by the salt water. It is used for pickling. Miller. In the United States, this name is applied to Salicornia herbacea, which is called glass-wort in England.

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