• WordNet 3.6
    • n Polygala type genus of the Polygalaceae: milkwort; senega; snakeroot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Polygala A genus of bitter herbs or shrubs having eight stamens and a two-celled ovary (as the Seneca snakeroot, the flowering wintergreen, etc.); milkwort.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., milkwort, fr. Gr. ; poly`s much + milk


In literature:

Youth, after all, is a shamefaced and secretive season; like the fringed polygala, it hides its real blossom underground.
"Little Rivers" by Henry van Dyke
Polygala vulgaris has white, red, and blue flowers in Faroe, England, and I think Herbert says in Zante.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Faroe Islands, Polygala vulgaris of.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
The hardy annual varieties of Polygala are obtained by seed sown in peat.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
This occurs in our common milkwort (Polygala vulgaris).
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
Bambusa stunted and rare, Blepharacanthus, Polygala, Labiatae 2, AEruae, sp.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Plantago ignota (plantain) 818 Polygala puberula (milkwort) Tr.
"Life History of the Kangaroo Rat" by Charles T. Vorhies and Walter P. Taylor
Giulietta, for the coarse, and more than ordinarily false, Polygala.
"Proserpina, Volume 1" by John Ruskin
Polygala near hohenackeriana, F.& M. 114.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
Polygala Chamaebuxus and var.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
Seneca Snakeroot is often much adulterated with the roots of other species of Polygala and of other plants.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Several species of Polygala flourish unnoticed.
"The Highlands of Ethiopia" by William Cornwallis Harris