: a large genus of cosmopolitan usually trailing herbs (family Rubiaceae) with angled stems, opposite or whorled leaves, and small flowers see cleavers, wild licorice

Word History


New Latin, from Greek galion bedstraw, probably from gala milk; from its use to curdle milk

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“Galium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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