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

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Recent Examples on the Web The hot-weather annuals such as zinnias, moss roses, vinca, cosmos, marigolds and purslane are blooming, but so are some of the cool-weather flowers. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: The flower annuals to plant now in San Antonio to get you through winter," 22 Oct. 2020 Hyaluronic acid and panthenol help treat dryness, while calming purslane keeps inflammation and itchiness in check. The Editors, Marie Claire, "52 New Beauty Products That Will Change Your Life," 29 Sep. 2020 Santa Barbara,’ society garlic ‘Silver lace,’ rock purslane, blue chalksticks, bougainvillea, crassula campfire. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rancho San Diego landscape earns award for colorful, waterwise ‘room with a view’," 20 Sep. 2020 Combine the melon, corn, tomatoes, green onion and purslane in a large bowl. SFChronicle.com, "Recipes for a seasonal bounty: Starters," 18 Sep. 2020 Where bare earth stood, the bindweed sprout is a foot high, the purslane a foot across and the galinsoga putting out its first flowers. Washington Post, "Like a virus, weeds seize any opportunity to spread — and this summer, they’re ferocious," 5 Aug. 2020 Use vinca, zinnias, moss roses, cosmos or purslane for color in the summer sun. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Beginner’s guide to growing herbs," 25 June 2020 The island is home to only one species of plants, the sea purslane, a succulent, but is an ideal habitat for a wide range of fish, corals and insects. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "The largest volcano in the world sits beneath two small rocky peaks in Hawaii," 25 May 2020 At communal tables, greens and grains from the farm and surroundings make startling appearances, like a delightful chowder sprinkled with beach wort, a sort of Maritime purslane. Chantal Martineau, Bon Appétit, "Beauty and Brine: Prince Edward Island Is an Oyster-Lover’s Paradise," 7 Nov. 2019

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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 24 Nov. 2020.

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