Definition of purslane in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəːslən/


Any of a number of small, typically fleshy-leaved plants which grow in damp or marshy habitats, in particular:
  • (also sea purslane) An edible plant which grows in salt marshes (Atriplex portulacoides, family Chenopodiaceae). (also pink purslane) A small pink-flowered North American plant of damp places (genus Claytonia, family Portulacaceae)..
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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