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Any of various succulent plants of the family Portulacaceae and especially of the genus Calandrinia, native to arid inland Australia; especially Calandrinia balonensis and C. polyandra.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Adelaide Observer. From Guyani (Lake Torrens region) and surrounding Australian Aboriginal languages of South Australia barrgilya.
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