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po·lyg·a·la

 (pə-lĭg′ə-lə)
n.

[New Latin Polygala, genus name, from Greek polugalon, milkwort : polu-, poly- + gala, milk; see melg- in Indo-European roots.]

polygala

(pəˈlɪɡələ)
n
(Plants) any herbaceous plant or small shrub of the polygalaceous genus Polygala. See also milkwort
[C18: New Latin, from Greek polugalon, from poly- + gala milk]

milk•wort

(ˈmɪlkˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

n.
any of numerous plants or shrubs of the genus Polygala, having flowers with winged petals.
[1570–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polygala - type genus of the Polygalaceae: milkwortPolygala - type genus of the Polygalaceae: milkwort; senega; snakeroot
rosid dicot genus - a genus of dicotyledonous plants
family Polygalaceae, milkwort family, Polygalaceae - trees, shrubs, and herbs widely distributed throughout both hemispheres
milkwort - any of various plants of the genus Polygala
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