• WordNet 3.6
    • n samphire 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Samphire (Bot) 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!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n samphire A succulent umbelliferous herb, Crithmum maritimum, growing in clefts of rocks close to the sea in western Europe and through the Mediterranean region. The young leaves are highly esteemed for making pickles. Various other maritime plants are named from it. In America Salicornia is sometimes so called.
    • n samphire Borrichia arborescens, a maritime shrub of the West Indies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Samphire sam′fīr or sam′fėr an herb found chiefly on rocky cliffs near the sea, used in pickles and salads.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. l'herbe de Saint Pierre,. See Saint, and Petrel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. from Fr. Saint Pierre, Saint Peter.


In literature:

A little billow, spreading wide, gave a slight roll to the boat, and some samphire reeds flapped before it.
"Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea" by Jules Verne
Samphire bushes also grew in patches upon it, and some patches of our arch-enemy, triodia.
"Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration" by Ernest Giles
We WERE cold too, clothes and arms and faces covered with moist salt clay, and nothing with which to make a fire but sprigs of dead samphire.
"Spinifex and Sand" by David W Carnegie
The plain was otherwise covered with low salsolae, excepting on the higher ground, on which samphire alone was growing.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
Horace Annesley Vachell, in "Brothers," tells the story of Mark Samphire's tragedy.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
A few biscuits made savory by soaking them in sea-water, a tuft of samphire gathered from the beach, and an apple for the dessert.
"Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
How did the samphire know that it was safe to grow where it did, and how did the glow-worm know that the samphire was safe?
"The Altar Steps" by Compton MacKenzie
Here are also parsley, samphire, etc.
"A Continuation of a Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
Its whiteness was occasionally chequered with dark green masses of samphire, which grew there.
"The Annals of the Poor" by Legh Richmond
The collecting of these nests, from the positions they occupy, is as dangerous as the samphire-gathering described by Shakespeare.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
Use all as beforesaid, and add white Endive, Capers, Samphire, run it over with beaten Butter and Lemons.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
Sea spleenwort and masses of samphire grew on the cliffs to his right.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
In the course of ten days, turn the vinegar from the samphire, heat it scalding hot, and turn it back.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Red cabbage, and samphire, in August.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Lay it in a pot, let the pickle settle, and cover the samphire with the clear portion of the pickle.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Half-way down Hangs one that gathers samphire.
"The Tatler, Volume 3" by Various
It is in such holes that the samphire gatherers find them.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Samphire House, instead of being the fine claret of a refuge Mr. Blandish supposed, is a loaded port.
"Boon, The Mind of the Race, The Wild Asses of the Devil, and The Last Trump;" by Herbert George Wells
In the morning we made a fire of ozier, sweet-birch, cherry wood, and samphire.
"The Little Red Foot" by Robert W. Chambers
There was no tuft of samphire to brush her face as she descended.
"In the Roar of the Sea" by Sabine Baring-Gould