Definitions

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  • noun Any milkwort of the genus Polygala

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Polygala, genus name, from Greek polugalon, milkwort : polu-, poly- + gala, milk; see melg- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • Its quartz hills are covered with trees and gigantic grasses; the buaze, a small forest-tree, grows abundantly; it is a species of polygala; its beautiful clusters of sweet-scented pinkish flowers perfume the air with a rich fragrance; its seeds produce a fine drying oil, and the bark of the smaller branches yields a fibre finer and stronger than flax; with which the natives make their nets for fishing.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • For a study of female immunological infertility by Chen Xiaoping, researchers used Guyin Decoction ginseng, rehmannia, dioscorea, cornus, cuscuta, polygala, schizandra, and licorice to treat 60 women with infertility attributed to antisperm immune response.

    The Best Alternative Medicine

  • For a study of female immunological infertility by Chen Xiaoping, researchers used Guyin Decoction ginseng, rehmannia, dioscorea, cornus, cuscuta, polygala, schizandra, and licorice to treat 60 women with infertility attributed to antisperm immune response.

    The Best Alternative Medicine

  • The arbutus, all aglow and fragrant beneath its leaves, the purple fringed polygala were past, but they found the pale gold lily of the bellwort, the rust-red bloom of the ginger.

    Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Winston Churchill

  • The arbutus, all aglow and fragrant beneath its leaves, the purple fringed polygala were past, but they found the pale gold lily of the bellwort, the rust-red bloom of the ginger.

    The Dwelling Place of Light — Volume 3

  • The arbutus, all aglow and fragrant beneath its leaves, the purple fringed polygala were past, but they found the pale gold lily of the bellwort, the rust-red bloom of the ginger.

    The Dwelling Place of Light — Complete

  • Youth, after all, is a shamefaced and secretive season; like the fringed polygala, it hides its real blossom underground.

    Little Rivers; a book of essays in profitable idleness

  • Plants of this genus were named polygala, the Greek for much milk, not because they have milky juice -- for it is bitter and clear -- but because feeding on them is supposed to increase the flow of cattle's milk.

    Wild Flowers Worth Knowing

  • The spring-beauty, the painted trillium, the fringed polygala, the showy lady's-slipper, are all more striking to look upon, but they do not quite touch the heart; they lack the soul that perfume suggests.

    The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers

  • I usually find it and the fringed polygala in bloom at the same time; the lady's-slipper is a little later.

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton

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