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.
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.
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