from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A trailing Asian weed (Portulaca oleracea) having small yellow flowers, reddish stems, and fleshy obovate leaves that are sometimes cooked as a vegetable or used in salads.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A widely-grown edible plant, Portulaca oleracea in the family Portulacaceae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An annual plant (Portulaca oleracea), with fleshy, succulent, obovate leaves, sometimes used as a pot herb and for salads, garnishing, and pickling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A herbaceous plant, Portulaca oleracea, widely distributed through warm and temperate climates.
- n. In America, Sesuvium Portulacastrum, of the warmer Atlantic shores and the saline or alkaline valleys of the southwestern United States, a prostrate fleshy plant, forming mats sometimes 6 feet broad; also, S. pentandrum, sometimes erect, reaching north to New Jersey.
- n. Ludwigia palustris.
- n. An American aquatic or sometimes terrestrial herb, Didiplis linearis, of the Lythrarieæ, with opposite linear leaves and very small greenish flowers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a plant of the family Portulacaceae having fleshy succulent obovate leaves often grown as a potherb or salad herb; a weed in some areas
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman *purcelane, alteration of Latin portulāca, porcilāca; see portulaca.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French porcelaine, probably an alteration of Latin porcillaca to assimilate with porcelaine ‘porcelain’. (Wiktionary)