milkwort definition

  • noun:
    • some of various flowers for the genus Polygala, having variously colored, irregular blossoms with two petaloid sepals.
    • Any of above 500 species of flowering plants of the genus Polygala which are utilized as a food source because of the larvae of some members of the Lepidoptra species.
    • A genus of plants (Polygala) of many species. The common European Polygala vulgaris was likely to possess power of making a flow of milk in nurses.
    • A plant of genus Polygala, formerly thought to improve the milk of nurses.
    • A seaside plant, Glaux maritima, with the same expected property. Also referred to as sea-milkwort.
    • any one of numerous plants of genus Polygala

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