• WordNet 3.6
    • n milkwort any of various plants of the genus Polygala
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Milkwort (Bot) A genus of plants (Polygala) of many species. The common European Polygala vulgaris was supposed to have the power of producing a flow of milk in nurses.☞ The species of Campanula, or bellflower, are sometimes called milkwort, from their juice.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n milkwort A plant of the genus Polygala, formerly imagined to increase the milk of nurses. In Great Britain the common milkwort is P. vulgaris— also called cross-flower, gangflower, and procession- and rogation-flower, in allusion to its time of blooming and use.
    • n milkwort A seaside plant, Glaux maritima, with the same supposed property. Also called sea-milkwort.
    • ***


In literature:

This occurs in our common milkwort (Polygala vulgaris).
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
The "Foxtail" milkwort, whose name I don't accept, C. 1006, is intermediate between this and the next species.
"Proserpina, Volume 2" by John Ruskin
But to know the little blue milkwort and the Euphrasia by touch, bangs me.
"Two Knapsacks" by John Campbell
Plantago ignota (plantain) 818 Polygala puberula (milkwort) Tr.
"Life History of the Kangaroo Rat" by Charles T. Vorhies and Walter P. Taylor
Seneca Snakeroot belongs to the milkwort family (Polygalaceae).
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
The garden was full of weeds and flowers, with daisies on the lawn, and dandelions and milkwort among the beds.
"Old Kensington" by Miss Thackeray
In late spring the little flowers of the milkwort are common upon dry hill-slopes in the shade of the trees.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
The Milkwort lies close to the ground among the grass.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith

In poetry:

Milkwort on its low stem,
Spread hawthorn tree,
Sunlight patching the wood,
A hive-bound bee....
"Fox's Dingle" by Robert Graves