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portulaca

noun por·tu·laca \ˌpr-chə-ˈla-kə\

Definition of PORTULACA

:  any of a genus (Portulaca) of chiefly tropical succulent herbs of the purslane family; especially :  a widely cultivated South American plant (P. grandiflora) with showy flowers and small conical leaves

Origin of PORTULACA

New Latin, from Latin, purslane, from portula, diminutive of porta gate; from the lid of its capsule — more at port
First Known Use: 1548

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