from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stemless evergreen perennial plant (Galax urceolata) of the eastern United States, having a rosette of glossy, heart-shaped leaves and small white flowers in spikelike clusters. Also called beetleweed, coltsfoot, wandflower.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, referred to the natural order Diapensiaceæ, of a single species, G. aphylla, found in open woods from Virginia to Georgia.
- n. The plant Galax aphylla, known also as galaxy and beetle-weed. Because of its persistent shining leaves galax is gathered in large quantities and sold by florists for ornamental purposes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tufted evergreen perennial herb having spikes of tiny white flowers and glossy green round to heart-shaped leaves that become coppery to maroon or purplish in fall
New Latin Galax, genus name, ultimately from Greek gala, galakt-, milk; see galaxy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)