any of various prostrate weeds (genus Portulaca) of the purslane family, with pink, fleshy stems and small, yellow, short-lived flowers; esp., an annual (P. oleracea) sometimes used as a potherb and in salads
Origin of purslaneMiddle English purcelane ; from Middle French porcelaine ; from Late Latin porcilaca, purslane, altered ; from Classical Latin portulaca: see portulaca
designating a family (Portulacaceae, order Caryophyllales) of dicotyledonous plants, including claytonia and portulaca
A trailing plant (Portulaca oleracea) native to Eurasia, having small yellow flowers, reddish stems, and fleshy obovate leaves that can be cooked as a vegetable or used in salads.
Origin of purslaneMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman *purcelane, alteration of Latin portulaca, porcilaca; see portulaca.
(usually uncountable, plural purslanes)
- A succulent plant of the Portulacaceae family
- The widely-grown edible plant, Portulaca oleracea.
From Old French porcelaine, probably an alteration of Latin porcillaca to assimilate with porcelaine "˜porcelain'.