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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Astragalus, having pinnate, compound leaves and clusters of purple, white, or yellowish flowers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A leguminous herb (Astragalus glycyphyllos) of Europe and Asia, supposed to increase the secretion of milk in goats.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus AstragalusāŸ©: so called from a belief that these plants increased the secretion of milk in goats feeding upon them.
  • n. A plant of any one of the three genera Phaca, Orophaca, and Homalobus, closely related to Astragalus and formerly included in that genus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various plants of the genus Astragalus
  • n. any of various plants of the genus Astragalus

Etymologies

From the belief that it increases the milk yield of goats.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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