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pigface Line breaks: pig|face
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪɡfeɪs/

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Definition of pigface in English:


Australian /NZ
A succulent creeping plant with bright flowers, related to Hottentot fig.
  • Genera Carpobrotus and Disphyma (both formerly Mesembryanthemum), family Aizoaceae
Example sentences
  • Several close relations occur in Australia, where they are generally known as ‘pigfaces ' (nothing to do with pigs or faces, it seems, but possibly a corruption of the Afrikaans name big-vys). Aborigines harvested the fruits of these.
  • Introduced Pigface (Carpobrotus edulis) is a threat to native vegetation.
  • In more stable parts of the dune the native Australian Pigface, Carpobrotus glaucescens is able to take hold.


Early 19th century: named with reference to the large pink flowers.

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