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polygala

[puh-lig-uh-luh] /pəˈlɪg ə lə/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Polygala, comprising the milkworts.
Origin
1570-1580
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-
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polygalaceous
[pol-ee-guh-ley-shuh s, puh-lig-uh-] /ˌpɒl i gəˈleɪ ʃəs, pəˌlɪg ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for polygalaceous

polygalaceous

/ˌpɒlɪɡəˈleɪʃəs; pəˌlɪɡ-/
adjective
1.
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

polygala

/pəˈlɪɡələ/
noun
1.
any herbaceous plant or small shrub of the polygalaceous genus Polygala See also milkwort
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, from Greek polugalon, from poly- + gala milk
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