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Any of a number of small, typically fleshy-leaved plants which grow in damp or marshy habitats.
- ‘Nonetheless, I can thoroughly recommend purslane (call it pussley or pigweed if you will) as a delicious vegetable.’
- ‘Sprinkle with cracked pepper and garnish with purslane.’
- ‘The plant sources are flax seed, walnuts, and purslane, a succulent weed.’
- ‘Vegetables rich in glutathione include asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes and purslane.’
- ‘The smell of fresh mint, of a bunch of purslane, the availability of baby aubergines, broad beans or peas makes me want to cook.’
Late Middle English: from Old French porcelaine, probably from Latin porcil(l)aca, variant of portulaca, influenced by French porcelaine ‘porcelain’.
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