purslane

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noun purs·lane \ˈpər-slən, -ˌslān\

Definition of purslane

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of purslane

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


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