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, "Want to grow your own food? Here are the easiest vegetables to cultivate in Alaska.," 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, "A Little Lip Service," 4 June 2019 Flowers to start from seed: Dahlia, schizanthus, nigella, phlox, portulaca, nemesia, marigold and nasturtiums. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Spruce bark beetles are back with a vengeance. Here’s how to defend your trees.," 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 19 Jan. 2021.

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