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
Origin and Etymology of purslane
Middle English, from Anglo-French porsulaigne, from Late Latin porcillagin-, porcillago, alteration of Latin porcillaca, alteration of portulaca
First Known Use: 14th century
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