from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See glasswort.
- n. An Old World coastal plant (Crithmum maritimum) having fleshy compound leaves and small white flowers grouped in compound umbels.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of several edible plants growing near the sea, including the rock samphire.
- n. Glasswort, the plant once burned to produce the ash used to make soda glass.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fleshy, suffrutescent, umbelliferous European plant (Crithmum maritimum). It grows among rocks and on cliffs along the seacoast, and is used for pickles.
- n. The species of glasswort (Salicornia herbacea); -- called in England marsh samphire.
- n. A seashore shrub (Borrichia arborescens) of the West Indies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A succulent umbelliferous herb, Crithmum maritimum, growing in clefts of rocks close to the sea in western Europe and through the Mediterranean region.
- n. Borrichia arborescens, a maritime shrub of the West Indies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fleshy maritime plant having fleshy stems with rudimentary scalelike leaves and small spikes of minute flowers; formerly used in making glass
Alteration of French herbe de Saint Pierre, from Saint Pierre, Saint Peter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally sampiere, from French Saint Pierre, the patron saint of fishermen who often harvested the plant. (Wiktionary)