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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 — [ pə:slən] noun a small fleshy leaved plant of damp or marshy habitats, some kinds of which are edible. [Atriplex portulacoides (sea purslane) and other species.] Origin ME: from OFr. porcelaine, prob. from L. porcil(l)aca, var. of portulaca,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • purslane — purs•lane [[t]ˈpɜrs leɪn, lɪn[/t]] n. pln any low, trailing plant of the genus Portulaca, of the purslane family, esp. P. oleracea, having yellow flowers, used as a salad plant and potherb • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME purcelan(e) < MF porcelaine …   From formal English to slang

  • Purslane — Portulaca (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

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

  • purslane — purs·lane …   English syllables