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

First recorded in 1570–80; milk + wort2
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Examples from the Web for milkwort

Historical Examples of milkwort

  • The Milkwort has flowers which are not always the same colour.

    Flowers Shown to the Children

    C. E. Smith

  • The "Foxtail" milkwort, whose name I don't accept, C. 1006, is intermediate between this and the next species.

  • In late spring the little flowers of the milkwort are common upon dry hill-slopes in the shade of the trees.

  • Full busy has May been these days I have missed her, And the milkwort is blooming, and blue falls the speedwell.

  • The garden was full of weeds and flowers, with daisies on the lawn, and dandelions and milkwort among the beds.

    Old Kensington

    Miss Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for milkwort


  1. 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 cowsSee also senega
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