|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
(Dan. 1:12, 16), R.V. "herbs," vegetable food in general.
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) Leguminous plants, or their seeds, as beans, peas, etc.
2. (n.) The beating or throbbing of the heart or blood vessels, especially of the arteries.
3. (n.) Any measured or regular beat; any short, quick motion, regularly repeated, as of a medium in the transmission of light, sound, etc.; oscillation; vibration; pulsation; impulse; beat; movement.
4. (v. i.) To beat, as the arteries; to move in pulses or beats; to pulsate; to throb.
5. (v. t.) To drive by a pulsation; to cause to pulsate.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
puls (zero'-im (Daniel 1:12 margin, "herbs"), zere'onim (Daniel 1:16); compare zerua`, "sowing seed" (Leviticus 11:37), and zeru'im, "things sown" (Isaiah 61:11)):
(1) In Daniel 1:12, 16, it must mean herbs or vegetables grown from seeds; a vegetable diet is what is implied.
(2) In 2 Samuel 17:28, "pulse" after "parched" is not in the original, but is probably more correct than the translation in (1), as "pulse" usually implies leguminous plants, peas, beans, etc.
Pulse (3 Occurrences)
2 Samuel 17:28 brought beds, and basins, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and meal, and parched grain, and beans, and lentils, and parched pulse, (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Daniel 1:12 Prove your servants, I beg you, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Daniel 1:16 So the steward took away their dainties, and the wine that they should drink, and gave them pulse. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)