purs·​lane | \ ˈpər-slən How to pronounce purslane (audio) , -ˌslān \

Definition of purslane

: any of a family (Portulacaceae, the purslane family) of cosmopolitan usually succulent herbs especially : a fleshy-leaved trailing plant (Portulaca oleracea) with tiny yellow flowers that is a common troublesome weed but is sometimes eaten as a potherb or in salads

Examples of purslane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At dinner, that translated to dishes like burrata wreathed in purslane and peppermint leaves and a round, featherweight tamale in green-chile salsa, complemented by easygoing service and flowing Baja reds. Adam Erace, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2021 Lastly, the succulent rock purslane (Calandrinia spectabilis) offers buckets of bright magenta flowers on tall stems for the better part of the year, all with barely a drop of water. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 There’s still time to plant portulaca, purslane, marigold, zinnia, copper canyon daisy, caladiums and ornamental grasses for immediate color. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 26 July 2021 Undoubtedly, the gaudiest show at the moment comes from this peachy-orange ornamental purslane (above). Steve Bender, Southern Living, 21 June 2021 Plant breeders crossed common purslane (Portulaca oleracea) with other species to produce an ornamental marvel (above) that pairs succulent, paddle-shaped leaves with showy flowers that may be red, orange, peach, yellow, or white. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 24 May 2021 In dishes such as split-pea soup with plantain and dumplings, and All Green Everything—a bowl of crisply sautéed baby okra, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts, garnished with purslane and spinach-and-basil pesto—the vegetables speak for themselves. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 7 May 2021 For summer color, plant zinnias, vincas, moss roses, purslane and cosmos in the sun. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Apr. 2021 In addition to zinnias as a replacement for the frozen cool-weather annuals, try begonias and penta in the shade and use vinca, cosmos, moss roses and purslane in the sun. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of purslane

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for purslane

Middle English, from Anglo-French porsulaigne, from Late Latin porcillagin-, porcillago, alteration of Latin porcillaca, alteration of portulaca

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“Purslane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purslane. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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