Origin of purslaneMiddle English purcelane from Middle French porcelaine from Late Latin porcilaca, purslane, altered from Classical Latin portulaca: see portulaca
Origin of purslaneMiddle English from Anglo-Norman purcelane alteration of Latin portulāca, porcilāca ; 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'.