Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various succulent plants of the genus Portulaca, especially P. grandiflora of South America, cultivated for its showy colorful flowers that open only in sunlight.

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  • noun Any of many tropical trailing herbs, of the genus Portulaca, having showy flowers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Latin portulāca, purslane, from portula, diminutive of porta, gate (from the gatelike covering of the seed capsule); see per- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • On a pleasant evening after work last week, Nurrenbern and his volunteers planted a variety of flora with whimsical names such as "Margarita Banana" portulaca, "Serena Purple" angelonia, and "Mint Mocha" coleus, as well as the better-known petunias.

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  • A flower whose name I learned in France is "pourpier," which is portulaca, a heat-tolerant plant with vividly colored blooms.

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  • A flower whose name I learned in France is "pourpier," which is portulaca, a heat-tolerant plant with vividly colored blooms.

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  • Purslane (Portulaca oleracea, P. sativa) is a member of the Portulacaceae Family and also known as wild portulaca and verdolaga.

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  • The garden includes a Japanese maple and eight kinds of flowers, among them hydrangeas, petunias, pansies and portulaca.

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  • The garden includes a Japanese maple and eight kinds of lowers, among them hydrangeas, petunias, pansies and portulaca.

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  • Verdolaga (purslane) portulaca oleracea: Eaten either raw in salad or steamed in mole verde, this succulent annual is traditionally served in Mexico in a pork stew - espinazo con verdolagas - with a tomatillo-based sauce.

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  • Verdolaga (purslane) portulaca oleracea: Eaten either raw in salad or steamed in mole verde, this succulent annual is traditionally served in Mexico in a pork stew - espinazo con verdolagas - with a tomatillo-based sauce.

    A Culinary Guide to Mexican Herbs: Las Hierbas de Cocina

  • Verdolaga (purslane) portulaca oleracea: Eaten either raw in salad or steamed in mole verde, this succulent annual is traditionally served in Mexico in a pork stew - espinazo con verdolagas - with a tomatillo-based sauce.

    A Culinary Guide to Mexican Herbs: Las Hierbas de Cocina

  • This could be supplemented, of course, by portulaca, which was now flowering in the wet season, by such birds as they could shoot -- mainly ducks, hawks and crows -- and by fish; but their experiences in coming up to the Gulf had shown that they could not expect much from this source.

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  • Also known as Rose Moss or Moss Rose

    January 24, 2008