purs·​lane ˈpər-slən How to pronounce purslane (audio)
: 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

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of purslane was in the 14th century

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“Purslane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purslane. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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