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  1. any of the low, succulent plants constituting the genus Claytonia of the purslane family, having basal leaves and long clusters of white or rose-colored flowers.
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Origin of claytonia

< New Latin (Linnaeus), named after Dr. John Clayton (1693–1773), Virginia botanist; see -ia
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  1. any low-growing North American succulent portulacaceous plant of the genus Claytonia
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Word Origin

C18: named after John Clayton (1693–1773), American botanist
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