Definition of Milkwort

1. Noun. Any of various plants of the genus Polygala.

Definition of Milkwort

1. n. A genus of plants (Polygala) of many species. The common European P. vulgaris was supposed to have the power of producing a flow of milk in nurses.

Definition of Milkwort

1. Noun. Any of more than 500 species of flowering plants of the genus ''Polygala'' that are used as a food source by the larvae of some members of the Lepidoptra species. ¹

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Definition of Milkwort

1. a flowering plant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Milkwort

1. A genus of plants (Polygala) of many species. The common European P. Vulgaris was supposed to have the power of producing a flow of milk in nurses. The species of Campanula, or bellflower, are sometimes called milkwort, from their juice. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Milkwort

milkweed bug
milkweed bugs
milkweed family
milkwort (current term)
milkwort family
milky ascites
milky quartz
milky stork
milky storks
milky urine

Literary usage of Milkwort

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1. The Gardeners Dictionary: Containing the Methods of Cultivating and Philip Miller by Philip Miller (1754)
"Narrow - leav'd milkwort of Maryland, with a purple Flower. 19. ... milkwort, •ith a Box-leaf, and a very large Flower. ..."

2. Nantucket Wild Flowers by Alice Owen Albertson (1921)
"E milkwort FAMILY Polygala cruciata, Walt. Dull magenta-pink Bitter milkwort, Polygala, ... This low, pretty milkwort with its clover-like heads of dull ..."

3. Flora of the Southern United States: Containing Abridged Descriptions of the by Alvan Wentworth Chapman (1872)
"POLYGALA, L. milkwort. Sepals 5, persistent, unequal ; the two lateral ones (wings) larger and petal-like. Petals 3, more or less united ; the middle one ..."

4. Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan, Asa Don Dickinson (1917)
"milkwort FAMILY (Polygalaceae) Fringed milkwort or Polygala; Flowering Wintergreen; ... Unlike the common milkwort and many of its kin that grow in ..."

5. Southern Wild Flowers and Trees: Together with Shrubs, Vines and Various by Alice Lounsberry (1901)
"P. cruciata, cross-leaved, or marsh milkwort, covers an extended range through sandy swamps mainly along the coast and belongs to the group of ..."

6. Botany of the United States North of Virginia: Comprising Descriptions of by Lewis Caleb Beck (1848)
"Abundant in a peat bog four miles south of New Brunswick, NJ Yellow milkwort, *** Flowers in corymbs. 10. P. cymosa Walt.: stem simple below, corymbose at ..."

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