salsify

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

Synonyms:
Tragopogon porrifolius, oyster plant, vegetable oyster
Type of:
herb, herbaceous plant
a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

n edible root of the salsify plant

Synonyms:
oyster plant
Type of:
root
(botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground

n either of two long roots eaten cooked

Types:
oyster plant, vegetable oyster
long white salsify
black salsify, scorzonera
long black salsify
Type of:
root vegetable
any of various fleshy edible underground roots or tubers

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