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Purslane

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Purslane
Purslane Purs"lane, n. [OF. porcelaine, pourcelaine (cf. It. porcellana), corrupted fr. L. porcilaca for portulaca.] (Bot.) An annual plant ({Portulaca oleracea}), with fleshy, succulent, obovate leaves, sometimes used as a pot herb and for salads, garnishing, and pickling. [1913 Webster]

{Flowering purslane}, or {Great flowered purslane}, the {Portulaca grandiflora}. See {Portulaca}.

{Purslane tree}, a South African shrub ({Portulacaria Afra}) with many small opposite fleshy obovate leaves.

{Sea purslane}, a seashore plant ({Arenaria peploides}) with crowded opposite fleshy leaves.

{Water purslane}, an aquatic plant ({Ludwiqia palustris}) but slightly resembling purslane. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Purslane — may refer to:* Portulaca , a genus of succulent flowering plants, and especially: ** Portulaca oleracea , a species of Portulaca eaten as a vegetable and considered a weed, known as summer purslane * Claytonia perfoliata , Miner s lettuce or… …   Wikipedia

  • purslane — noun a plant of the family Portulacaceae having fleshy succulent obovate leaves often grown as a potherb or salad herb; a weed in some areas • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant • Hyponyms: ↑common purslane, ↑pussley, ↑pussly, ↑verdolagas, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • purslane — /perrs layn, lin/, n. 1. a low, trailing plant, Portulaca oleracea, having yellow flowers, used as a salad plant and potherb. Cf. purslane family. 2. any other plant of the purslane family. [1350 1400; ME purcelan(e) < MF porcelaine < LL… …   Universalium

  • purslane — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French porsulaigne, from Late Latin porcillagin , porcillago, alteration of Latin porcillaca, alteration of portulaca Date: 14th century any of a family (Portulacaceae, the purslane family) of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • purslane — noun /ˈpɜːslən/ A widely grown edible plant, Portulaca oleracea. Syn: common purslane, little hogweed, pigweed, pusley, verdolaga …   Wiktionary

  • Purslane — Portulaca (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • purslane — purs·lane || pÉœrsleɪn / pɜːslɪn n. species of edible creeping plant with yellow flowers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Purslane tree — Purslane Purs lane, n. [OF. porcelaine, pourcelaine (cf. It. porcellana), corrupted fr. L. porcilaca for portulaca.] (Bot.) An annual plant ({Portulaca oleracea}), with fleshy, succulent, obovate leaves, sometimes used as a pot herb and for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purslane family — noun family of usually succulent herbs; cosmopolitan in distribution especially in Americas • Syn: ↑Portulacaceae, ↑family Portulacaceae • Hypernyms: ↑caryophylloid dicot family • Member Holonyms: ↑Caryophyllales, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • purslane family — the plant family Portulacaceae, characterized by chiefly herbaceous plants having simple, often fleshy leaves, sometimes showy flowers, and capsular fruit, and including bitterroot, purslane, red maids, rose moss, and spring beauty. * * * …   Universalium