Portulaca meaning

pôr'chə-lăk'ə
Any of various succulent plants of the genus Portulaca, especially P. grandiflora of South America, cultivated for its showy colorful flowers that open only in sunlight.
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A fleshy annual plant (Portulaca grandiflora) of the purslane family, usually with yellow, pink, or purple flowers.
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Any of many tropical trailing herbs, of the genus Portulaca, having showy flowers.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Portulacaceae "” the portulacas or purslanes.
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Origin of portulaca

  • Middle English from Latin portulāca purslane from portula diminutive of porta gate (from the gatelike covering of the seed capsule) per-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition