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purslane Syllabification: purs·lane
Pronunciation: /ˈpərslən/
/ˈpərˌslān/

Definition of purslane in English:

noun

Any of a number of small, typically fleshy-leaved plants that grow in damp habitats or waste places, in particular.
Example sentences
  • Vegetables rich in glutathione include asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes and purslane.
  • Sprinkle with cracked pepper and garnish with purslane.
  • The plant sources are flax seed, walnuts, and purslane, a succulent weed.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French porcelaine, probably from Latin porcil(l)aca, variant of portulaca, influenced by French porcelaine 'porcelain'.

Words that rhyme with purslane

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