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[pawr-chuh-lak-uh, pohr-]
  1. any of various fleshy-leaved plants of the genus Portulaca, especially P. grandiflora, widely cultivated for its showy, variously colored flowers.
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Origin of portulaca

1540–50; < New Latin, genus name, Latin: purslane
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  1. any portulacaceous plant of the genus Portulaca, such as rose moss and purslane, of tropical and subtropical America, having yellow, pink, or purple showy flowers
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin: purslane
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