portulaca

noun por·tu·laca \ ˌpȯr-chə-ˈla-kə \
|Updated on: 29 Apr 2018

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

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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


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