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polygala

[ puh-lig-uh-luh ]
/ pəˈlɪg ə lə /
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noun

any plant of the genus Polygala, comprising the milkworts.

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Origin of polygala

1570–80; <New 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-

OTHER WORDS FROM polygala

pol·y·ga·la·ceous [pol-ee-guh-ley-shuhs, puh-lig-uh-], /ˌpɒl i gəˈleɪ ʃəs, pəˌlɪg ə-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for polygala

polygala
/ (pəˈlɪɡələ) /

noun

any herbaceous plant or small shrub of the polygalaceous genus PolygalaSee also milkwort

Word Origin for polygala

C18: New Latin, from Greek polugalon, from poly- + gala milk
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