American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A herbaceous plant, Portulaca oleracea, widely distributed through warm and temperate climates. It is a prostrate annual of a reddish-green aspect, with fleshy stems and leaves, and small yellow flowers. Pnrslane is used, now less than formerly, in salads, as a pot-herb, in pickles, and for garnishing, and is cultivated in Europe in several varieties for these pnrposes. In America it is regarded chiefly as a weed, and is rather troublesome in gardens, from its abundance and persistent vitality. In the United States vulgarly pussly (or pusley) or pussly-weed.
- 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.
- n. A widely-grown edible plant, Portulaca oleracea in the family Portulacaceae.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) An annual plant (Portulaca oleracea), with fleshy, succulent, obovate leaves, sometimes used as a pot herb and for salads, garnishing, and pickling.
- 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
- From Old French porcelaine, probably an alteration of Latin porcillaca to assimilate with porcelaine ‘porcelain’. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman *purcelane, alteration of Latin portulāca, porcilāca; see portulaca. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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