Definition of purslane in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpərslən/
Pronunciation: /ˈpərˌslān/


Any of a number of small, typically fleshy-leaved plants that grow in damp habitats or waste places, in particular.
  • Portulaca oleracea, a prostrate North American plant with tiny yellow flowers. Sesuvium maritimum ( sea-purslane), an edible plant that grows in damp sand along coastal shores..
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.


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

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Syllabification: purs·lane

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