polygala

noun
po·​lyg·​a·​la | \ pə-ˈli-gə-lə How to pronounce polygala (audio) \

Definition of polygala

First Known Use of polygala

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polygala

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, milkwort, from Greek polygalon, from poly- + gala milk — more at galaxy

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The first known use of polygala was in 1578

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“Polygala.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polygala. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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polygala

noun
po·​lyg·​a·​la | \ pə-ˈlig-ə-lə How to pronounce polygala (audio) \

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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