Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fringed milk-wort, Polygala paucifolia: so called from the pair of large, usually pink-purple petals of the aërial flowers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A common trailing perennial milkwort (Polygala paucifolia) of eastern North America having leaves like wintergreen and usually rosy-purple flowers with winged sepals.
- n. common trailing perennial milkwort of eastern North America having leaves like wintergreen and usually rosy-purple flowers with winged sepals
“The elegant silvery May-star is seen here and there; by its side the tall, slender mitella, while warm, rose-colored gay-wings are lying among the mosses, and each of these flowers has an interest for those who choose to make their acquaintance.”
“As for the May-wings, 1 or "gay-wings," they are in truth one of the gayest little blossoms we have; growing low as they do and many of their winged flowers together, you might fancy them so many warm lilac, or deep rose-colored butterflies resting on the mosses.”
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