noun /sæm.ˈfaɪ.ə(ɹ),sæm.ˈfə(ɹ)/
a) One of several edible plants growing near the sea, including the rock samphire mentioned by Edgar in Shakespeares King Lear.
b) Glasswort, the plant once burned to produce the ash used to make soda glass.

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