portulaca

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noun por·tu·laca \ˌpȯr-chə-ˈla-kə\

Definition of portulaca

  1. :  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 and Etymology 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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