any plant of the genus Polygala, comprising the milkworts.

1570–80; < Neo-Latin, genus name, special use of Latin polygala, for Greek polýgalon milkwort, literally, something very milky, equivalent to poly- poly- + -galon, derivative of gála milk; see galacto-

polygalaceous [pol-ee-guh-ley-shuhs, puh-lig-uh-] , adjective
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polygala (pəˈlɪɡələ)
See also milkwort any herbaceous plant or small shrub of the polygalaceous genus Polygala
[C18: New Latin, from Greek polugalon, from poly- + gala milk]

polygalaceous (ˌpɒlɪɡəˈleɪʃəs, pəˌlɪɡ-)
of, relating to, or belonging to the Polygalaceae, a family of plants having flowers with two large outer petal-like sepals, three small sepals, and three to five petals: includes milkwort

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