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purslane

[purs-leyn, -lin]
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noun
  1. a low, trailing plant, Portulaca oleracea, having yellow flowers, used as a salad plant and potherb.Compare purslane family.
  2. any other plant of the purslane family.
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Origin of purslane

1350–1400; Middle English purcelan(e) < Middle French porcelaine < Late Latin porcillāgin- (stem of porcillāgō), for Latin porcillāca, variant of portulāca portulaca
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purslane

noun
  1. a weedy portulacaceous plant, Portulaca oleracea, with small yellow flowers and fleshy leaves, which are used in salads and as a potherb
  2. any of various similar or related plants, such as sea purslane and water purslane
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Word Origin

C14 purcelane, from Old French porcelaine, from Late Latin porcillāgō, from Latin porcillāca, variant of portulāca
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