milk-wort

milkwort

[milk-wurt, -wawrt]
noun
1.
any plant or shrub of the genus Polygala, formerly supposed to increase the secretion of milk.

Origin:
1570–80; milk + wort2

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milkwort (ˈmɪlkˌwɜːt)
 
n
See also senega 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

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