Definition of pigface in English:
A succulent creeping plant with bright flowers, related to Hottentot fig.
- 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.