Flowering 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]


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  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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

  • Great flowered 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sea 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Water 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • white purslane — noun : flowering spurge …   Useful english dictionary

  • Portulaca grandiflora — 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

  • Portulaca oleracea — 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

  • Caryophyllales — ▪ plant order Introduction   pink or carnation order of dicotyledonous flowering plants. The order includes 33 families, which contain more than 11,000 species in 692 genera. Nearly half of the families are very small, with less than a dozen… …   Universalium

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