a fleshy, Old World seashore
plant (Crithmum maritimum
) of the umbel
family, with cut
leaves and small clusters of yellowish flowers
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Word origin of 'samphire'earlier sampire, sainpere, altered < Fr (herbe de) Saint Pierre, St. Peter's (herb)