Origin and Etymology of polygala
New Latin, genus name, from Latin, milkwort, from Greek polygalon, from poly- + gala milk — more at galaxy
First Known Use: 1578
Medical Definition of polygala
1 capitalized : a genus of herbs and shrubs (family Polygalaceae) of temperate and warm regions having many colored often showy flowers and including some (as the seneca snakeroot) which have been used in medicine
2: any plant of the genus Polygala
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