Purslane meaning

pûrslĭn, -lān
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.
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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.
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Designating a family (Portulacaceae, order Caryophyllales) of dicotyledonous plants, including claytonia and portulaca.
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A succulent plant of the Portulacaceae family.
  • The widely-grown edible plant, Portulaca oleracea.
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Origin of purslane

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman purcelane alteration of Latin portulāca, porcilāca portulaca

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French porcelaine, probably an alteration of Latin porcillaca to assimilate with porcelaine "˜porcelain'.

    From Wiktionary