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PURPIE, n.2 Also purpy. Given by N.E.D. as purslane, Portulaca, with 16th-c. references (see note), but purslane is very rare in Scot. and the comb. water-purpie is applied to the brooklime, Veronica beccabunga, which is very common and was much used as a salad and for medicinal purposes (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Sc. 1700  Foulis Acct. Bk. (S.H.S.) 277:
For 4 drap of purpie, for 4 drap of clarie . . . 3s. 0d.
Sc. 1772  Scots Mag. (May 1934) 146:
O, wha'll buy my dainty well-carses, Water-purpy and saleds a fouth.
Sc. 1819  Scott Bride of Lamm. xviii.:
Cresses or water-purpie, and a bit ait-cake, can serve the Master for breakfast.

[O.Sc. purpie, from 1568, id. N.E.D. compares O.Fr. porpie, purslane, from Lat. pulli pes, colt's foot. This assumes a transference of meaning if the suggested definition of brooklime, made above, is correct. But the word may in fact be an extended meaning of Purpie, n.1, from the purple colour of the latter flower, as Jam. suggests.]

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