portulaca

noun
por·​tu·​laca | \ ˌpȯr-chə-ˈla-kə How to pronounce portulaca (audio) \

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

Examples of portulaca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flowers to start from seed: Dahlia, shizanthus, nigella, phlox, portulaca, nemisa, marigold and nasturtiums. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2020 Among the ingredients, portulaca pilosa extract and palmitoyl tripeptide-38 help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and protect from environmental stressors. Alix Strauss, New York Times, 4 June 2019 Flowers to start from seed: Dahlia, schizanthus, nigella, phlox, portulaca, nemesia, marigold and nasturtiums. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of portulaca

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for portulaca

New Latin, from Latin, purslane, from portula, diminutive of porta gate; from the lid of its capsule — more at port

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“Portulaca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portulaca. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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