any of a genus (Polygala
) of plants of the milkwort family with showy
flowers of various colors
a family (Polygalaceae, order Polygalales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the
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Word origin of 'milkwort'from the former notion that it increases the secretion of milk in nursing women