samphire

n.

  1. A fleshy, suffrutescent, umbelliferous European plant (Crithmum maritimum). It grows among rocks and on cliffs along the seacoast, and is used for pickles.
  2. The species of glasswort (Salicornia herbacea); -- called in England marsh samphire.
  3. A seashore shrub (Borrichia arborescens) of the West Indies.