Definition of pigface in English:



NZ, Australian
  • A succulent creeping plant with bright flowers, related to Hottentot fig.

    Genera Carpobrotus and Disphyma (both formerly Mesembryanthemum), family Aizoaceae

    • ‘In more stable parts of the dune the native Australian Pigface, Carpobrotus glaucescens is able to take hold.’
    • ‘Introduced Pigface (Carpobrotus edulis) is a threat to native vegetation.’
    • ‘Several close relations occur in Australia, where they are generally known as ‘pigfaces ' (nothing to do with pigs or faces, it seems, but possibly a corruption of the Afrikaans name big-vys). Aborigines harvested the fruits of these.’


Early 19th century: named with reference to the large pink flowers.