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 (mĭlk′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
Any of various plants of the genus Polygala, having variously colored, irregular flowers with two large petallike sepals. Also called polygala.

[From the belief that it increases human lactation.]
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(Plants) any of several plants of the genus Polygala, having small blue, pink, or white flowers with two petal-like sepals: family Polygalaceae. They were formerly believed to increase milk production in cows. See also senega
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(ˈmɪlkˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

any of numerous plants or shrubs of the genus Polygala, having flowers with winged petals.
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Noun1.milkwort - any of various plants of the genus Polygalamilkwort - any of various plants of the genus Polygala
genus Polygala, Polygala - type genus of the Polygalaceae: milkwort; senega; snakeroot
Polygala alba, senega - perennial bushy herb of central and southern United States having white flowers with green centers and often purple crest; similar to Seneca snakeroot
candyweed, orange milkwort, Polygala lutea, yellow bachelor's button, yellow milkwort - bog plant of pine barrens of southeastern United States having spikes of irregular yellow-orange flowers
bird-on-the-wing, flowering wintergreen, fringed polygala, gaywings, Polygala paucifolia - common trailing perennial milkwort of eastern North America having leaves like wintergreen and usually rosy-purple flowers with winged sepals
Polygala senega, Seneca snakeroot, senega root, senega snakeroot, Seneka snakeroot, senga root - eastern North American plant having a terminal cluster of small white flowers and medicinal roots
common milkwort, gand flower, Polygala vulgaris - small European perennial with numerous branches having racemes of blue, pink or white flowers; formerly reputed to promote human lactation
subshrub, suffrutex - low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base
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The only signs of spring in this place are the return of a few birds to the glen and the appearance of the little flowers of the bog-buck bean, lousewort, milkwort, tormentil, roseroot, and a few Alpines.
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A Gathering of Larks moves from the minute material of modern life back to the time of Francis, which Carroll captures in lush, precise lines: "lost / among salvia and wild fennel, ox-eye daisies, / sunchokes, milkwort, yellow broom." The fields where Francis "kissed illness / itself" and was changed forever.
Planhigyn arall a'r enw Crist yn rhan ohono ydi Llysiau Crist, sef Polygala vulgaris a Common Milkwort yn Saesneg.
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For example, the greater the level of peat, the more likely it is that acid-tolerant plants and flowers, such as heather, sundew, cotton grass and milkwort, will be found.
X Grant POLYGALACEAE (Milkwort Family) Polygala alba Nutt.