from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of herbaceous plants, the milkworts, type of the order Polygaleæ characterized by the great enlargement of the two petaloid inner sepals of its irregular calyx, and by its eight anthers, its twocelled compressed roundish capsule, and its three small petals united into a tube, and often augmented by a lobed crest at the top.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A genus of bitter herbs or shrubs having eight stamens and a two-celled ovary (as the Seneca snakeroot, the flowering wintergreen, etc.); milkwort.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Polygalaceaebitter herbs or shrubs having eight stamens and a two-celled ovary; snakeroot, wintergreen, milkwort.

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

  • noun type genus of the Polygalaceae: milkwort; senega; snakeroot


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