Portuguese man-of-war. (Zoöl.) See Physalia.

(||Por`tu*la"ca) n. [L., purslane.] (Bot.) A genus of polypetalous plants; also, any plant of the genus.

Portulaca oleracea is the common purslane. P. grandiflora is a South American herb, widely cultivated for its showy crimson, scarlet, yellow, or white, ephemeral blossoms.

(Por`tu*la*ca"ceous) a. (Bot.) Of or pertaining to a natural order of plants of which Portulaca is the type, and which includes also the spring beauty (Claytonia) and other genera.

(Por"wi`gle) n. See Polliwig.

(Por"y) a. Porous; as, pory stone. [R.] Dryden.

(||Po`sé") a. [F., placed, posed.] (Her.) Standing still, with all the feet on the ground; — said of the attitude of a lion, horse, or other beast.

(Pose) n. [AS. gepose; of uncertain origin; cf. W. pas a cough, Skr. kas to cough, and E. wheeze.] A cold in the head; catarrh. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Pose) n. [F. pose, fr. poser. See Pose, v. t.] The attitude or position of a person; the position of the body or of any member of the body; especially, a position formally assumed for the sake of effect; an artificial position; as, the pose of an actor; the pose of an artist's model or of a statue.

(Pose), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Posed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Posing.] [F. poser to place, to put, L. pausare to pause, in LL. also, to place, put, fr. L. pausa a pause, Gr. fr. to make to cease, prob. akin to E. few. In compounds, this word appears corresponding to L. ponere to put, place, the substitution in French having been probably due to confusion of this word with L. positio position, fr. ponere. See Few, and cf. Appose, Dispose, Oppose, Pause, Repose, Position.] To place in an attitude or fixed position, for the sake of effect; to arrange the posture and drapery of (a person) in a studied manner; as, to pose a model for a picture; to pose a sitter for a portrait.

3. To adorn with pictures. [R.]

Spear and helmets thronged, and shields
Various with boastful arguments potrayed.

(Por*tray"al) n. The act or process of portraying; description; delineation.

(Por*tray"er) n. One who portrays. Chaucer.

(Port"reeve`) n. A port warden.

(Por"tress) n. A female porter. Milton.

(Port-roy"al*ist) n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of the dwellers in the Cistercian convent of Port Royal des Champs, near Paris, when it was the home of the Jansenists in the 17th century, among them being Arnauld, Pascal, and other famous scholars. Cf. Jansenist.

(Port"sale`) n. [Port gate + sale.] Public or open sale; auction. [Obs.] Holland.

(Por"tu*a*ry) n. [Cf. Portass.] (R. C. Ch.) A breviary. [Eng.]

(Por"tu*guese) a. [Cf. F. portugais, Sp. portugues, Pg. portuguez.] Of or pertaining to Portugal, or its inhabitants.n. sing. & pl. A native or inhabitant of Portugal; people of Portugal.

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