milk·​wort ˈmilk-ˌwərt How to pronounce milkwort (audio)
: any of a genus (Polygala of the family Polygalaceae, the milkwort family) of herbs and shrubs often having showy flowers with three sometimes crested petals united below into a tube and an irregular calyx with two petaloid sepals

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Examples of milkwort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plants used: Pygmy date palms, a queen palm, a kentia palm, Silver Carpet (Dymondia margaretae), statice (Limonium sinuatum), lavender (lavandula), lantana, red Clivia, senna, myrtle leaf milkwort (Polygala myrtifolia), and African lily (Agapanthus). Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022 The base, like that of the sand milkwort seed, holds a tip that lures ants. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 Interspersed are lavender bushes, myrtle leaf milkwort, and Agapanthus. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of milkwort was in 1578

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“Milkwort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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