- any plant of the genus Polygala, comprising the milkworts.
Origin of polygala
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- 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
- any herbaceous plant or small shrub of the polygalaceous genus PolygalaSee also milkwort
C18: New Latin, from Greek polugalon, from poly- + gala milk
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