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portulaca

[pawr-chuh-lak-uh, pohr-] /ˌpɔr tʃəˈlæk ə, ˌpoʊr-/
noun
1.
any of various fleshy-leaved plants of the genus Portulaca, especially P. grandiflora, widely cultivated for its showy, variously colored flowers.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Neo-Latin, genus name, Latin: purslane
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portulaca

/ˌpɔːtjʊˈlækə; -ˈleɪkə/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: purslane
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