portulaca

[ pawr-chuh-lak-uh, pohr- ]
/ ˌpɔr tʃəˈlæk ə, ˌpoʊr- /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for portulaca

portulaca
/ (ˌpɔːtjʊˈlækə, -ˈleɪkə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for portulaca

C16: from Latin: purslane
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