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Answer for the clue "Any of various plants of the genus Polygala", 8 letters:
milkwort

Word definitions for milkwort in dictionaries

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Milkwort \Milk"wort`\, n. (Bot.) A genus of plants ( Polygala ) of many species. The common European Polygala vulgaris was supposed to have the power of producing a flow of milk in nurses. Note: The species of Campanula , or bellflower, are sometimes called...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 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 Lepidoptera order.

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. any of various plants of the genus Polygala

Usage examples of milkwort.

Lying on the dry brown turf, he discovered sprigs of tiny purple milkwort and pink spots of lousewort.

And, turning on his face, he rested his chin on his hands, and stared at the short grass where the little blue milkwort was growing.

The burn-side turf was all thyme and eyebright and milkwort, with the stars of the grass of Parnassus in the wet places.

The rest thundered on, over grasses, through patches of blooming milkwort waving in the wind.

It was pleasant walking in the cool shade of the pines on turf which was half thyme and milkwort and eyebright, and presently her spirits rose.

For a time she leaned half-perched upon the corner of the cluttered table, head bowed beneath the drying jungle of mallows and milkwort overhead, looking down at her hands in her lap.

Rhion hunted for milkwort in the wolf-yellow fields above the olive groves, he heard the horns of the hunters ringing in the hills and caught a glimpse of the Duke, all in crimson, Tally in her familiar red riding dress with her dogs bounding about her, and the flame-haired Earl of the Purple Forest coursing after stag.

Camaban climbed a hill that was brilliant with milkwort and crimson-spiked orchids and claimed he saw a brownish line on the western horizon, though that far threat did not cause nearly so much excitement as the return of five young men who had been among the war party that had accompanied Lengar to Ratharryn.

At Hatfelde they would make her sniff pepper and milkwort so that her sneezes assisted the downward force of her contractions.

Flegg and his friends had welcomed the green of nettles and milkwort that grew among the scrap iron and broken brick.

I walked through fields of pale grass dotted with bird's-foot trefoil, blue milkwort and the crimson spikes of orchids and told myself I should have known that Nimue, a creature of Manawydan's, would have found her refuge as close to the sea as she could find it.